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CH5717   Nanostructured Materials

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 10

ECTS credits : 5

Level : SCQF Level 11

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

This module will introduce the concepts and science behind the design and synthesis of a wide range of nanostructures and the application of these structures in functional materials and devices. The relationship between nanoscale structure and composition and macroscale properties and behaviour will be emphasised. Structures will be classified and introduced in terms of their number of dimensions: clusters, nanoparticles and quantum dots (0-D); nanotubes, nanowires and nanorods (1-D); nanosheets and films (2-D); and porous crystals, mesoporous structures and metal-organic frameworks (3-D). Other specific topics will include the science of clusters, molecular assemblies and assemblies of nanostructures. Novel carbon based materials, including simple and functionalised fullerenes, carbon nanotubes and graphene and related materials will be described and their physical and chemical properties related to their structure and bonding. Advanced characterisation techniques and applications related to nanotechnology, MEMs, biomaterials, catalysis, and optical and magnetic devices will be addressed.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass CH2501 and pass CH2701

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 - 3 lectures per week over 9 - 10 weeks (within Weeks 1-11) and 2 - 3 tutorials in total.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 80

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment = 100%


Module coordinator: Prof W Zhou
Module teaching staff: Prof W Zhou, Prof M Buck