Syllabus for Nanoscience



  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1FA567
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N, Technology A1N, Materials Science A1N, Chemistry A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2008-03-13
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-10-21
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 27, 2021
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with Quantum Physics and Solid State Physics I. English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6").
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the cours, the student should be able to:

  • explain general concepts and physical phenomena of relevance within the field of nano sciences
  • describe and predict finite size effects induced changes on material properties
  • choose appropriate tools for measurements of relevant physical properties
  • use the scientific literature
  • critically assess and presentation of scientific results


Effects arising from finite size effects in the electronic structure of materials, manifested in for example changes in magnetic properties, electric conductivity and generally coupling of electronic states to applied electromagnetic fields. Finite size scaling, dimensionality aspects of phase transitions, giant magnetic resonance, magnetic and non-magnetic tunnel junctions, two-dimensional conductivity in materials such as transition metals and carbon based structures (graphene, fullerenes and nanotubes). 
Experimental and theoretical exercises are provided, focusing on the influence of the extension on the obtained material properties. 
Ethics, scientific terminology, scientific communication (written and verbal), making and using figures, training in searching and extracting relevant information.


Lectures, lesson exercises and laboratory sessions.


Oral presentations of project studies and written reports. 
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 28, 2021