Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will study the properties, synthesis and applications of materials structured on the nanometre scale. Advanced processing methods for synthesizing 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 and device functionality arises from the controlled manipulation of nanostructure. The subject will also survey current and emerging applications of nanomaterials including nanofluidics, optoelectronics and bio/medical sensing devices. Together with PHY2MOD, PHY2MAC, PHY3SYN and PHY3LAB, this combination will bring together discipline based knowledge and skills which will prepare students for a career in nanotechnology related industry, or for honours and post-graduate research studies in physical sciences.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlex Schenk

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsPHY5NFA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse, visualise and solve conceptual and mathematical problems related to nanomaterials and nanofabrication.
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. Describe and explain, in appropriate written and verbal style, the findings from laboratory experiments performed by the student.
03. Design and perform simulations and experiments related to the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials using modern laboratory techniques, equipment and software which produce conclusive and accurate results.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlex Schenk

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 11 - 20
One 3.00 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 11 - 20
One 4.00 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 20 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 2-hour end-of-semester written exam (2000 word equiv)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2
Three written reports on laboratory activities (2000 word equiv in total) Students perform lab activities in small groups and submit individual reports.N/AN/AN/ANo45 SILO3
Six online quizzes (500 word equiv. in total)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2