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 - 2

Total - 44

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-practical classes with demonstration of experimental work and resolution of exercises.

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

Evaluation method

• (10% of the final grade). Report with a maximum of two pages made in a group of 3 elements, to be presented no later than April 15th. This report will briefly describe the scope of the theme that the group proposes to present in the seminar at the end of the semester''s classes. The report will have to include two more relevant bibliographic references on which the group will base itself for the preparation of its seminar. These references are previously sent to the teacher as a work proposal (for him to validate) until the end of March.

• Seminar in Power Point to be presented by the elements of the group in the last days of classes. Each group presentation will last 15 minutes (20% of the final grade). The Power Point must be sent in pdf to the teacher at least two days in advance for evaluation (10% of the final grade).

• Two individual tests (30% of the final grade each) lasting one hour. The use of graphical or programmable calculators in tests and exams is not permitted. In each test, a minimum grade of 10 values ​​is required for approval.

• Attendance is given by the presence in at least 2/3 of the practical classes and the seminar presentation.

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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