phy5nfa adv nanomaterials




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will study the properties, synthesis and applications of materials structured on the nanometer scale. Advanced processing methods for synthesising nanomaterials ranging from single nanoparticles to three-dimensional nanostructures will be discussed and explored practically. The methods that will be studied include lithography, chemical and physical deposition, and self-assembly. An understanding of these methods will be developed with consideration of relevant thermodynamic and kinetic theories, and how material performance and device functionality arise from the controlled manipulation of nanostructure. Students will develop an understanding of how to plan and evaluate a sequence of processing methods required to realize a complex nanostructured device. The subject will also survey current and emerging applications of nanomaterials including nanofluidics, optoelectronics and bio/medical sensing devices.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlbert Juma

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: SMNT, SZHSN, PSMSC, SZHSMN or with approval from Physics Postgraduate Coordinator


Incompatible subjects PHY3NMF

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse critically and reflect on contemporary issues in nanomaterials and nanofabrication.

Concepts and problem solving techniques are introduced online and modelled in lectures where solutions to selected problems are derived.

02. Critically review and analyse research data 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. Interpret and transmit knowledge, in appropriate written style, of the findings from laboratory experiments performed by the student.

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.

03. Design and perform experiments related to the synthesis and characterisation of nanomaterials using modern laboratory techniques, equipment and software which produce conclusive and accurate results.

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.

04. Describe the recent developments in the fields of nanomaterials and nanofabrication and identify areas which constitute interesting research problems. Apply research principles and methods applicable to the field of nanomaterials and nanofabrication.

Students identify a research problem and propose an approach using nanofabrication methods to address the research problem. Students will be required to consult the literature and discuss their findings with the demonstrator. The approach and results are summarized in a written report, which includes a proposal for extending the project by further work on a related interesting research problem.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlbert Juma

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 11 - 20
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.
"This may involve collaboration with external facilities."

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 4.0 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 2-hr exam comprising short-answer questions (2000 word equiv)4001, 02
Three written reports on laboratory activities (3000 words in total)4503, 04
Six online quizzes (total word equivalent 1000 words)1501, 02