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 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.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlex Schenk

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

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 subjectsPHY3NMF

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 critically and reflect on contemporary issues in 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. Interpret and transmit knowledge, in appropriate written style, of the findings from laboratory experiments performed by the student.
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.
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.

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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

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: 10 - 22
One 4.00 hours scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 11 - 20
One 3.00 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.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2-hr exam comprising short-answer questions (2000 word equiv)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2

Three written reports on laboratory activities (3000 words in total)

N/AReportIndividualNo45 SILO3, SILO4

Six online quizzes (total word equivalent 1000 words)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2