Students are supposed to learn about the experimental techniques developed in the last decades, concerning matter manipulation and characterization at the nanoscale, and the laws and theoretical models that rule science on such a scale, as well.


As a fundamental transversal engineering subject it is also focused on the applications of that knowledge to the so called "nanotechnologies", in developing new products and contributing for the resolution of problems involving industrial innovation.


General characterization





Responsible teacher

Rui Filipe dos Reis Marmont Lobo


Weekly - 3

Total - 46

Teaching language



Solid State Physics

Atomic and molecular Physics

Quantum Mechanics




- Nanotecnologia e Nanofísica, Rui Lobo, Escolar Editora (Lisboa, 2009)

- Nanotechnology, Understanding Small Systems, Rogers-Pennathur-Adams, CRC Press (2008)

- Nanophysics and Nanotecnology, An introduction to Modern Concepts in Nanoscience, Wolf, Wiley-VCH (2004)

Handbook of Nanotechnology, B. Bhushan, Springer (2004)

Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, C. Bins, Wiley & Sons, New Jersey (2010)

Teaching method

The course will be given in english just in case Erasmus students are above 10%

Theoretical classes with data-show. Theoretical-experimental classes include production of a small data registration report, and also problem solving cases with student participation. 

Availability of the study material (Power Point)  in CLIP.

Evaluation method

 1 Report at the end of 30 days (10%)- group 2/3 
•     1st Test_25%
•     2nd Test_35%
•     duration of tests : 1 h 30m 
Não é permitido o uso de máquinas de calcular gráficas ou programáveis nos testes e exame.
•     Individual  presentation- 10 min – 25%
•     Power point 5%
Minimum classification on the average of tests: 10
"Frequência" is given by the attendance at two experimental works; missing one of them implies
lack of "Frequência".

A frequência obtida em anos anteriores é válida no presente ano lectivo.
•Report at the end of 15 dias after the second experimental work. Groups 2/3 students.
•2 page A4  

Calendarizacao :

Datas dos Testes :   30 de Outubro   e 4 de Dezembro

A calendarizacao de outros elementos de avaliacao continua encontra-se publicada em Outros

Subject matter

Nanophysics: the core of Nanotechnology

Evolution of Nanotechnology: From Micro- to Nano-devices

The Quantum Nanoworld. Nano-Oscillators

Confinement and Electronic Density of States.

Artificial Atoms, Excitons, Quantum Corrals, Plasmons

From Quantum Wells to Quantum Dots

Cohesion, Van der Waals Forces and Hamaker Constant

Graphenes, Nanotubes and Fullerenes

Electronic and Heat Transport in Nanostructures

Self-Organization in Nanofilms and Micelles

Atomic and Molecular Clusters

Scanning Probe Microscopies

Operation Modes in Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

Operation Modes in Atomic Force Microscopy

Physical Models of Static and Dynamic Operation

Optical Microscopy and Spectroscopy at the Nano-Scale




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