NANOMATERIALS AND FABRICATION

PHY3NMF

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this unit, students will study many aspects of the structure and function of nanomaterials and small scale devices, together with contemporary fabrication techniques. Unit themes include: (a) nanomaterials synthesis and applications, and nanowires, (b) quantum effects in nanostructured materials, layered semiconductors and devices, (c) nanostructured interfaces and small scale devices, examining the "top-down" approach to fabrication, (d) introductory concepts in microfabrication, (e) MEMS and NEMS, (f) advanced lithographic techniques including photolithography, electron beam lithography, interference lithography, micro-contact printing and nano imprint lithography.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGrant van Riessen

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (PHY2SCA and PHY2SCB) or (PHY2OPT, PHY2MOD and PHY2EMM)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PHY3SCA, PHY3SCB, PHY5NFA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse, visualise and solve conceptual and mathematical problems related to nanomaterials and nanofabrication.

Activities:
Problem-solving techniques are modelled in lectures where solutions to selected problems are derived. Similar problems are in the final exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)

02. Critically review and analyse research data in an ethical manner and interpret the results with reference to the scientific literature in order to develop appropriate conclusions and convey these in an appropriate manner in a written report. Describe and explain, in appropriate written and verbal style, the findings from laboratory experiments performed by the student.

Activities:
Students prepare an individual report for each of four experiments in the style of a professional research journal article which accurately and ethically describes the experiment, its findings and draws appropriate conclusions. Students are provided with a template on which to base their report, along with graded examples of previous students' reports.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

03. Design and perform experiments related to nanomaterials and nanofabrication using standard physics laboratory techniques, equipment and software which produce conclusive and accurate results.

Activities:
Students conduct, in small groups, four extended laboratory experiments of 6 hours duration each in close consultation with a staff demonstrator, who assists them in the design and conduct of the experiment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy (Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

04. Collaborate, in small groups, to complete laboratory experiments and prepare and deliver the oral component of laboratory assessment. Ethically distinguish between collaborative and individual work.

Activities:
Demonstrators assess the relative participation of each student in completing the experiment in the preparation and execution of the laboratory assessment. It is repeatedly stressed via the course materials and orally that students in the group are expected to contribute equally to these activities.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBrian Abbey

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
3-hour end-of-semester exam comprising short answer questions40 01, 02
Four written reports (1000 words each) on laboratory activities60 03, 04