Nanomaterials in Energy and Environmental Applications

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1TM548

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Materials Engineering A1N, Technology A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 7 February 2023
Responsible department
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

120 credits including 40 credits in technology/engineering/physics/chemistry. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

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

  • explain the relationship between physical and chemical nanomaterial properties and their nanostructure in the context of energy and environmental applications,
  • account for and choose appropriate technology for the production (e.g. in a clean room environment) of nanomaterials,
  • use microscopic and spectroscopic anlay methods and propose suitable methods for analyzing nanomaterials,
  • assess the possibilities for how nanostructured materials can contribute to more efficient energy and environmental applications,
  • design a nanomaterial for complex technical systems where its chemical, physical and/or mechanical properties arising at the nanoscale are important,
  • compile information from a literature search on techniques that can realize ideas for the production of new nanomaterials.



Nanomaterials have begun to revolutionize our lives. They are produced by adding nanoscale components to already existing bulk materials or by creating entirely new nanostructured materials. The course presents nanomaterials for mainly energy technology and water purification technology applications, but other application areas are also covered to highlight the multidisciplinary possibilities of nanomaterials. The course addresses how the material's structure (crystallinity, defects and crystalline phase), size, shape and dimensionality affect the material's surface properties (surface charge, surface tension, reactivity, surface structure and photocatalytic properties), agglomeration state, electronic structure, mechanical and electrical properties and sensor-related properties. Furthermore, methods are used for the production of nanomaterials such as wet chemical NP synthesis, epitaxial and sputtering methods, electron and photolithography electron/ion beam induced deposition and methods based on mechanical deformation. Slutligen används analysmetoder för nanomaterial som t.ex. SEM, TEM, STM, AFM (piezo, Kelvin probe, tunneling), Ramanspektroskopi och XPS.


Lectures, laboratory work, group assignment.


Oral exam (3 credits). Mandatory laboratory work and group assignment (2 credits).

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.