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Undergraduate course

Introduction to nanotechnology and -instrumentation

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Teaching semester

Spring. Limited capasity.

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

This course includes the physical and chemical scientific basis for nanotechnology, emphasizing the relationship between atomic interactions and the structure of different types of nano aggregates. A number of characterisation methods are presented, including: Basic X-ray diffraction, wave-based microscopies (optical, electron), scanning probe microscopies (scanning tunnelling (STM) and atomic force (AFM) microscopies), and spectroscopy. Top-down approaches for preparing nanostructures will be presented. The course also demonstrates how the development of new instrumentation lays the grounds for nanotechnological applications, with perspectives on the future developments of the field.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Discuss the scientific basis for nanotechnology.
  • Relate the nanostructure of a material to its properties.
  • Describe top-down approaches to the preparation of nanostructures.
  • Identify and describe physical principles and practical aspects of selected techniques for characterizing the nanostructure of materials.
  • On the basis of a material's properties and requirements with respect to resolution, magnification and chemical speciation.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Compulsory attendance in laboratory exercises and in addition approved laboratory report for each laboratory exercise (3 out of 3).

Laboratory report must be approved at least 2 weeks in advance of the exam.

Compulsory assignments are valid in 1 subsequent semester.

Forms of Assessment

The form of assessment is: due to coronavirus situation: digital oral examination, 100% of total grade.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F, where F is fail.

Assessment Semester

Regular exam each semester.


Administrative coordinator for nanotechnology.

Phone: + 47 55 58 34 46.

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    15.06.2023, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam