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CHNG5008: Nanotechnology in Chemical Engineering

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

This course will give students insights into advanced concepts in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, which are essential for the design of efficient processes and green products for the sustainable development and minimise or preferably eliminate waste for a clean world. 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. Students are expected to develop an integrated suite of problem-solving skills needed to successfully handle novel (and previously unseen) engineering situations, coupled with an ability to independently research new areas and be critical of what is found, and an ability to cope with experimental data, change and uncertainty through critical thinking.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

12cp CHEM2xxx

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Jun Huang,
Lecturer(s) Jun Huang,
Fengwang Li,
Tutor(s) Lizhuo Wang,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation group assignment Lab experiment and report progress
1) 50% for the lab practice 2)50% for the performance of Oral Presentation
40% Week 08
Due date: 08 Oct 2021 at 23:00
15 mins
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Major project
Written report
60% Week 13
Due date: 12 Nov 2021 at 23:59
15-20 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Group assignment with individually assessed component = group assignment with individually assessed component ?

Assessment summary

Students will do the report and lab practice. Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Nanomaterial characterisation Science laboratory (10 hr) LO4 LO5
Week 01 Introduction of advanced concepts Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 Nano-technology: materials Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Nano-technology: structure Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Nano-technology: characterisation Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO4 LO5
Week 05 Nano-technology: synthesis Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 06 Nano-technology: process Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 07 Nano-technology: manufactory Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 09 Nano-technology: application in chemical and fuel Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2 LO4
Week 10 Nano-technology: application in green process Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2 LO4
Week 11 Nano-technology: application in energy generation and storage Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2 LO4
Week 12 Nano-technology: application in environment protection Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 13 Review and conclusion Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Come to Zoom lectures and tutorials, if Uni is lockdown


Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate interpersonal, group and teamwork skills
  • LO2. independently identify and justify a nanotechnology issue for investigation in the research literature
  • LO3. develop an experimental design for particular nano-material process or product
  • LO4. identify the properties, applications and methods of synthesis for a range nano-structured materials in chemical engineering
  • LO5. discriminate between different approaches used in determining the properties of nano-structured materials.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

changed to 13 weeks delivery


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