Syllabus for Nanoscience


A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1FA567
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N, Technology A1N, Chemistry A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2008-03-13
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2010-06-09
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2010
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with Quantum Physics and Solid State Physics I, or equivalent
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student shall be able to:

  • explain general arguments and phenomena on the nanoscale and combine these in its future use within the academic sector and/or interdisciplinary areas.
  • Summarise the changes of different properties as materials transfer to low dimensional.
  • Suggest and creatively evaluate new material combinations on the basis of known properties.
  • compare and test some of the tools that are used in production/synthesis and research/analysis of nanostructured materials.


Nanoscience lies between basic research and technical sciences, quantum mechanics and life sciences. Nanoscience includes development, synthesis and design of new materials and components, where some are already known regarding properties and applicability while others still are unknown in their nanoscale dimensionality. The course should prepare for practical use of, and provide theoretical knowledge about, nanoscience and nanotechnology. The course includes the basic aspects behind nanoscience such as quantum mechanical encapsulations in low dimensional systems, basic material understanding, nanooptics/photonics, phase transformations, surface plasmon resonance, special nanomaterials and complex molecules such as fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, nanocomposits and nanolaminates, quantum dots, nanoshells and porous materials for hydrogen storage and electrodes. Useful tools for production and characterisation of nanostructures and applied subjects as spintronics, nanobio science, photoelectrochemistry as well as science ethics in nanoscience are also treated in the course.

Laboratory work: Measurements with NanoScope (AFM/STM)


Lectures, lesson exercises and laboratory sessions.


Oral presentations of project studies and written reports.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 20, 2013