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 physics 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 - 2

Total - 44

Teaching language



Solid State Physics

Atomic and molecular Physics

Quantum Mechanics




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

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 (2006)

Teaching method

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

Classes will be given mostly by Zoom platform.

Practical 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

i) Two Components of Continuous Assessment: TP + P

 Final grade = 0.7 TP + 0.3 P

 ii) The minimum classification required in the TP component is 9.5 values ​​and the student must obtain frequency in the P component (see vii) so that he does not fail.

iii) Elements of evaluation in TP: 2 tests via remote, both for 20 values ​​and with equal weighting, that is: Note TP = 0.5 test 1 + 0.5 test 2. The duration of each test is one and a half hours .

 Evaluation elements in P: A group monograph (of 2 or 3 elements), with a maximum of 20 pages, on a theme of practical application using the techniques of the laboratory. This monograph must be submitted by 30 November.

 iv) There is no minimum classification required in each of the tests.

 The minimum classification required in the monograph is 9.5 values.

 v) Final grade = 0.7 TP + 0.3 P with each installment rounded to one decimal.

 In case the TP component is obtained in an exam and the student has obtained frequency, the formula will be similar: Final grade = 0.7 Exam grade + 0.3 P

 vi) Note defense is not required.

 vii) Obtaining frequency requires that the student not register more than two absences in the practical component and also obtain a minimum classification of 9.5 in the monograph.

 viii) The frequency obtained in the last two years is valid.

 ix) The classification obtained in previous years for each of the different components is not valid.

 x) There is no need for pre-registration in the evaluation elements.

 xi) The use of calculators is necessary when carrying out the evaluation elements. However, in the case of tests or exams, these calculators cannot be graphical or programmable.

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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