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NANO2002: Introduction to Nanoscience

Nanoscience concerns the study of matter at the nanometer scale. At the microscale and even more at the nanoscale, the properties of matter are very different from those in the bulk. Modern methods used in nanoscience enable the manipulation and fabrication of matter and devices with unique properties. Nanoscience is a multidisciplinary research field that bridges the boundaries of traditional disciplines such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Engineering, generating impact across a wide range of sectors, from academic institutions and research centres to industry, addressing societal challenges in energy, environment, communication, computing, and health. This unit provides an introduction to nanostructured materials and the physical properties they exhibit. You will learn the fabrication tools and processes used in nanoscience, such as top-down and bottom-up, and the nanoscale characterization tools used across different disciplines. You will get direct exposure to research labs and tools available at the University, and in particular within the Sydney Nano Institute. You will develop skills required to address the complex and multidisciplinary problems in Nanoscience. By doing this unit, you will develop knowledge and skills that will enable you to play a role in finding nanoscience solutions to global challenges that impact our lives.

Code NANO2002
Academic unit Physics Academic Operations
Credit points 6
CHEM1XX1 or AMME1362 or AMME2302 or PHYS1003 or PHYS1004 or PHYS1902 or PHYS1904 or CIVL2110 or CIVL1110
Assumed knowledge:
A first-year level knowledge about the atomic and molecular structure of matter, of the electronic structure of atoms, and basic mathematical knowledge

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

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of key characterisation and fabrication processes and techniques used in nanoscience
  • LO2. explain how the properties of materials change when confined at the nanoscale and why, across different disciplines
  • LO3. apply the nanoscience knowledge acquired in this unit to real world problems and articulate the relevance of nanoscale investigations and their findings to the local and global community
  • LO4. find and analyse scientific information from a range of sources and judge its reliability and significance in relation to nanoscience
  • LO5. work collaboratively and autonomously with academic integrity with others in the processes of learning, experimentation, problem solving and assessment
  • LO6. communicate scientific information appropriately, both orally and through written work
  • LO7. create and develop new ideas based on the acquired knowledge.