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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

After your foundational year in science or engineering you can join us in second year for our introduction to nanoscience unit (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) and Nanodevices (NANO4003)

Two core units are being developed for the fourth year of the Nanoscience Program. They will present an in-depth view of the fields of Nanomaterials and Nanodevices.

Stefano Palomba

Course Coordinator and Associate Professor
  • +61 2 9351 7726
  • Room 309 Physics A28