NKEA07005U Unifying Concepts in Nanoscience (UCN)
MSc Programme in Chemistry
MSc Programme in Nanoscience
Nanosized systems have special properties. The objective of the course is to learn about the unifying concepts that form the scientific basis of these special properties and the methods used and developped to study them. The physical and chemical basis for the special properties of nanoscale systems will be developed systematically using the simple models and theory. Examples are from currect nanoscience and nanotechnology.
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- Concepts of absorption, spontaneous emission and stimulated emission.
- Concepts of vibrational spectroscopy techniques, IR, Raman, Resonant Raman, Stimulated Raman, SERS and surface plasmons, CARS
- Particle in a box model
- Concepts on electron tunneling, transport and transfer including Coulomb blockade
- Concepts of high resolution microscopy
- Concepts of Single molecule fluorescence spectroscopy and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.
- Concepts of energy transfer (FRET, Dexter), aggretate properties (J and H), eximer and exiplex interactions and superquenching
- Concepts on molecular electronics, OLED and OFET, thin film devices.
- Concepts on biological and artificial membranes
- Concepts on nanowire based bioFETs
- Knowledge about the properties of nanomaterials like graphene, carbon nanotubes, nanowires, quantum dots, small metal clusters and nanoparticles.
- Concepts on the different properties of bulk material versus nanoparticles.
- Apply the above mentioned knowledge for understanding and calculating nanoscale system properties and behavior.
- Read recent nanoscience and course related articles, understand them, present them and write an self consistent essay on it.
- Write an assignements on a specific concept, technique, literature review and nanoscience related research proposal.
Atkins Physical Chemistry 9th Edition:
Chapters: 8-9.4, 13.1-6, 21.10, 12.1-16, 22.9, 19.8-19.10, 10.3-10.6, 18.6-18.9, 20.8-20.10
Vogelsang et al., ChemPhysChem 2010
Hell et al., Science 2007
Huang et al., Annual reviews 2009
Kneipp et al., Chem Rev 1999
Chan et al., Current Opinion in Chemical Biology 2007
Carlen et al., Lab Chip 2007
Patolsky et al., Analytical Chemistry 2006
Bjornhølm et al., Contemporary Physics 1990
De Heer et al., Reviews of Modern Physics 1993
Lecture notes and additional material, See Absalon
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 30 min (no preparation time)Continuous assessmentWeight: (a) 33% Assignments, (b) 33% Essay, (c) 34% Oral Exam. Parts (b) and (c) must be passed in order to pass the course.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
several internal examiners
Same as the ordinary exam.
The assignments and essay must be completed 2 weeks before the oral re-exam. It is possible to reuse the scores of the assigments and the essay if they were handed in on time.
Criteria for exam assesment
Understand and be able to explain the principles and concepts/properties seen in the course: Energy Transfer, Electron transfer and transport, Electronic coupling, Coulomb blockade, particle in a box, tunneling, optical and vibrational spectroscopy techniques, SERS, high resolution fluorescence microscopy, self assembly, aggregate formation, absorption, spontaneaous and stimulated emission, biological and artificial membranes, properties of nanowires, nanosensors (bioFET), nanotubes, graphene, properties of small metal clusters, molecular electronics
- Project work