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Studying Nano

Reasons to study nanoscience
At the smallest scales of matter we are unlocking the secrets of life. Studying nanoscale science and technology will open up fantastic career options in high-demand research fields and industry sectors.

Introduction to Nanoscience - NANO2002

  • Our lecturers are among the world’s best in nanoscience. You will gain insight from their research in fields as diverse as:
  • Nanophotonics – control of light within integrated circuits to produce new technologies
  • Molecular Self-assembly – harnessing spontaneous nanoscale structures
  • Nanoengineering – building structures at the nanoscale for use in materials science
  • Quantum information – building quantum machines to solve intractable problems
  • Nanomedicine - developing targeted drug delivery
  • DNA origami – biological assembly with nanoscale precision

The growing industrial demand for nanoscience and nanotechnology expertise requires graduates able to bridge the boundaries between traditional disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering.

To match this demand, the University of Sydney has identified nanoscience and nanotechnology as priority areas of research and teaching through the foundation of the University of Sydney Nano Institute.

As undergraduate students, you will be taught by academic members of Sydney Nano in our modern teaching spaces in the Sydney Nanoscience Hub. Our approach takes advantage of our studio teaching environment and uses active and inquiry-based learning.

NANO2002 provides a solid introduction to our interdisciplinary approach with perspectives from chemistry, physics and engineering. It presents an introductory view of the properties of nanostructured materials and the physical properties they generate, as well as an overview of the characterisation and fabrication tools for nanoscience across the different disciplines. 

Nanomaterials (NANO4001)

This unit provides a more in-depth knowledge of modern Nanoscience, deepening your knowledge of the advances in Physics, Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering at the nanoscale. You will be immersed in ideas from experts and leaders in the fields of nanoscience, as invited Guest Lecturers.


Physics Interdisciplinary Project - PHYS3888

This unit contains two components: (i) a lecture and interactive problem-based group-tutorial component on interdisciplinary physics, complex systems, and artificial intelligence, and (ii) an interdisciplinary project-based component. For the project component you will work in small interdisciplinary groups, including students from other 3888 units, to tackle a real-world interdisciplinary problem.

Applied Nanotechnology Project - NANO4888

This unit will provide students with a realistic experience of modern Nanotechnology, providing a multidisciplinary, hands-on experience on nanoscience-based problems that can generate a nanotechnological solution. You will deepen your knowledge of the advances in Physics, Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering at the nanoscale by pre-determined nanotechnological problems that you will solve in groups with complementary skill sets.

Nanotechnology in Chemical Engineering - CHNG5008

This unit of study will examine cutting edge examples of nano-technology, renewable energy, bio-technology, and other advanced technologies across a broad range of applications relevant to chemical and biomolecular engineering. At the completion of this unit of study students should have developed an appreciation of the underlying concepts and be able to demonstrate they can apply these skills to new and novel situations.

Stefano Palomba

Course Coordinator and Associate Professor
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  • Room 309 Physics A28