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Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

By Prof. Dr. Swapna Nair   |   Central University of Kerala
Learners enrolled: 1230
Nanoscience and technology deals with the materials whose dimensions (or at least one dimension) falling in the order of 0.1 to 100 nms. The word nano is a fascinating phrase in current science owing to its vast application in versatile fields - right from Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Medicine, Engineering and Environmental Science.
 Research in Nanoscience and nanotechnology really got a kick start as a separate branch following the epoch making statement by the 20th century genius Physicist and the Nobel laurite Dr. Richard Feynman, although scattered researches were going on in various research labs in submicron or nanoscale materials. The invention of electron micrographs especially the scanning and transmission electron microscopes and topographical tools like atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy really added momentum to the efforts of the scientists to see the “room at the bottom” 
This course is aimed at providing basic understanding of nanostructured materials, its geometry and types, its peculiar properties, their synthesis protocols, characterization tools, engineering nanostructures for device applications. The course can have the following sub sections.

Summary
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 15 weeks
Category :
  • Chemistry
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 08 Jan 2024
End Date : 29 Apr 2024
Enrollment Ends : 29 Feb 2024
Exam Date : 19 May 2024 IST
Exam Shift :

Shift 1

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.


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Course layout

Weeks Weekly Lecture Topics (Module Titles)

1 Day 1 Module 1 : Introduction of the word nano
Day 2 Module 2 : Evolution of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Day 3 Module 3 : Discovery of fullerenes
Day 4
Day 5 Interaction

2 Day 1 Module 4 : Carbon Nanotubes introduction
Day 2 Module 5 : Zero dimensional : Quantum Dot
Day 3 Module 6 : One Dimensional :Nanowires, Nanorods, Nanotubes, Nanofibres
Day 4
Day 5
3 Day 1 Module 7 : Two Dimensional : 2D layered materials and thin films
Day 2 Module 8 : quantum confinement defenition
Day 3 Module 9 : Confinement in  0D, 1D and 2D confined materials
Day 4
Day 5 Interaction

4 Day 1 Module 10 : Effect of quantum size on magnetic, optical, electrical, catalytic and other properties
Day 2 Module 11 : Surface to volume ratio and its effects on properties
Day 3 Module 12 : Top - down and Bottom Up procedures
Day 4 Assignment
Day 5
5 Day 1 Module 13 : Synthesis Quantum Dots (Minimum 4 methods) 
Day 2 Module 14 : Synthesis of 1D materials (Minimum 4 methods
Day 3 Module 15 : Synthesis of 2D layered materials
Day 4
Day 5
6 Day 1 Module 16 : Synthesis of thin films by bottom Up methods (Minimum 6 methods)
Day 2 Module 17 : Synthesis of Thin films by Physical methods (Minimum 4 methods)
Day 3 Module 18 : Electrical Characterisation 
Day 4
Day 5

7 Day 1 Module 19 : Optical characterisation
Day 2 Module 20 : Scanning electron microscopy 
Day 3 Module 21 :Transmission electron Microscopy
  Day 4
Day 5 Interaction

8 Day 1 Module 22 : Atomic Force Microscopy & Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy
Day 2 Module 23:Magnetic characterisation (VSM, SQUID)
Day 3 Module 24 : Bio imaging
Day 4 Test 1
Day 5

9 Day 1 Module 25 : Drug/gene delivery using nano vehicles
Day 2 Module 26 : Nanodrug formulations Objectives
Day 3 Module 27: Hyperthermia using nanomagnetic materials
Day 4
Day 5

10 Day 1 Module 28 : Other medicinal applications
Day 2 Module 29 : Optical lithography
Day 3 Module 30 : E Beam lithography
Day 4  
Day 5 Interaction

11 Day 1 Module 31 : Direct Laser Write Lithography
Day 2 Module 32 : Nano Imprint Lithography
Day 3 Module 33: Dip Pen lithography
Day 4 Assignment
Day 5  

12 Day 1 Module 34 : Fountain Pen lithography
Day 2 Module 35 : Thin Film Solar cells, 
Day 3 Module 36 : Thin film LEDs
Day 4  
Day 5  

13 Day 1 Module 37 : Thin Film FET
Day 2 Module 38 : MOSFET
Day 3 Module 39 : Memory/storage devices
Day 4 .
Day 5 Interaction

 14 Day 1 Module 40 : Nano Electro Mechanical Systems
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

Instructor bio

Prof. Dr. Swapna Nair

Central University of Kerala
Dr. Swapna Nair possesses 20 years of research experience in the field of nanomaterials and devices. She has published more than 70 SCOPUS indexed journal articles with average impact factor ~ 4. She received several awards and recognition including FCT Bolsas International Post doctoral Grant.  She received a total citations of more than 2100 for her articles. One of her articles was featured in Nature highlights. Her research areas are fabrication of Nanomaterials and devices for energy, sensors, wearable electronics etc. She is actively working in the area of nanoprobes for programmable drug, and gene delivery.  

Course certificate

30% weightage internal assessment and 70% weightage main examination


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