Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies
The Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology program goals focus on understanding the size dependent
properties of materials, devices and nano-systems. It intends to improve the students'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' competence at
all levels from the nano-science basics and nanomaterials to the industrial applications of
nanotechnology. This includes the introduction of a variety of novel concepts e.g. manipulation of
atoms and molecules to form novel products and nano-devices, the synthesis and consolidation of
the nano-objects to construct nanostructured materials with novel properties or other larger objects
with nanometer precision, as well as nano-engineering and assembly of nano-objects to build future
nano-machines such as computers, sensors, mechanical or medical devices. This program will give
the students the opportunity to participate in the development of and work in one of the fastest
growing and most expanding areas of future science and technology.
Hugo Manuel Brito Águas
Weekly - 4
Total - 60
Good knowledge about the physics and chemistry courses according to the study plan or corresponding background (optional course).
Bharat Bhushan, Handbook of Nanotechnology, Springer 2007.
M. Madou, Fundamentals of Microfabrication – The science of miniaturization, CRC Press, 2002
C. P. Poole, F.J. Owens, Introduction to Nanotechnology, Wiley, 2003.
M. Kohler, W. Fritzsche, Nanotechnology, Wiley, 2004.
Theoretical classes with datashow.
Practicals include theory preparation, experimental procedure and production of a small quiz.
A monograph will be developed by the students
Practical Component Evaluation
Questionnaires in practical classes - NQ
Individual written work (on an experimental theme - state of the art; maximum 6 pages) - NTE
Practical component note: NP = 0.7 * NTE + 0.3 * NQ (rounded to tenths)
Note: Students must respect the day and time assigned for the completion of the TPs.
Assessment Theoretical-practical component
2 Tests - NT1 and NT2
Note of the theoretical-practical component: NTP = 0.5 * NT1 + 0.5NT2 (rounded to tenths)
Presence in theoretical classes / seminars - NAS
If the attendance to the theoretical classes (not seminar) is less than 60% (4 lessons) or there is any unjustified absence (or delay) to a seminar, it implies NAS = 0.
Obtaining frequency and NTP (average of 2 tests) greater than or equal to 8 values
Final grade: NF = 0.5 * NTP + 0.45 * NP + 0.05AS
Exam - NE
Final grade = 0.55 * NE + 0.45 * NP
The lectures will cover basic fabrication technologies and applications of micro- and nanotechnologies following the topics:
Introduction to Nanotechnology – demonstrations
Physics of nanofabrications
Nanotechnology and photonics
Carbon Nanotubes and Nanowires
Chemistry of Carbon nano-materials
Applications of Nanotubes and fullerenes
Nanoactuators / Nanomanipulators
Fabrication and synthesis of nanomaterials
Fabrication techniques – mechanical
Scanning probe methods
Due to the multidisplinarity of this course, invited speackers will give seminars in some of the topics described above.
Part of the laboratory classes will be given at the Microelectronic Laboratory, comprising 200 m2 of cleanroom area with all the facilities for micro- and nanofabrication research. In the lab the students will take the opportunity to see the fabrication of some micro and nano devices that are currently being developed inside the research group