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NANOTECHNOLOGY

Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

Learn about Nanotechnology and it's Applications

Nanotechnology is concerned with manipulating microscopic particles of matter. It is included across a broad range of scientific fields and has diverse applications. These can include the development of new nanoscale materials as well as synthesising structures to atomic specifications. 

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Study Nanotechnology  BIT208

Understanding nanotechnologies is important in biology, engineering, materials science, chemistry, medicine, law, ethics, and computing. It is likely to affect all areas of life including food production, medicines, water purification, energy production systems, building construction and vehicle manufacturing.  

 

Course Content

The content of each of the nine lessons is as outlined below:

Lesson 1: Scope and Nature of Nanotechnology
History of Nanotechnology
Applications
Food Security
Medicine
Energy
Automotive
Environment
Electronic
Textiles & Cosmetics
Future
Passive Structures
Active Structures
Nanosystems
Perfect Molecular Nanosystems
Space Elevators

Lesson 2: Atomic and Subatomic Particles
Matter
Forms
Properties
Nanoscale
Elements
Structure of an Atom
Subatomic Particles
Atom Models
Molecules
Chemical Bonding
Ionic Bonds
Covalent Bonds
Hydrogen Bonds
Polar Bonds
Monomers and polymers
Monomers
Polymers

Lesson 3: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
History
Photons - Quantisation of Light
Atoms & Electrons
Quantum Numbers & Orbitals
Nuclei

Lesson 4: Types of Nanoparticles
Carbon-Based Nanoparticles
Ceramics Nanoparticles
Metal Nanoparticles
Semiconductor Nanoparticles
Polymeric Nanoparticles
Lipid-Based Nanoparticles
Properties of Nanoparticles
Electronic and Optical Properties
Magnetic Properties
Mechanical Properties
Thermal Properties
Synthesis of Nanoparticles
Carbon Nanotubes
Types
Structure
Inorganic Nanotubes
Nanowires
Types

Lesson 5: Nanofabrication
Nanotubes and Nanowires
Fabrication: Top-down method
Etching
Lithography
Exfoliation
Fabrication: Bottom-up method
Arc Discharge
Chemical Vapour Deposition
Physical Vapour Deposition
Self-Assembly
Nucleation Growth

Lesson 6: Nanocircuitry and Semiconductors
Types of materials
Insulators
Conductors
Semiconductors
Band Theory
Energy diagrams
Current in semiconductors
Covalent bonding in silicon
Electrons and Holes
Types of semiconductors
Doping
N type semiconductor
P type semiconductor
PN junction
Semiconductor devices
Diode
Transistor
Applications

Lesson 7: Applications - Improving Energy Use
Energy Sources
Energy Conversion
Energy Distribution
Energy Storage
Energy Utilisation

Lesson 8: Biomedical Applications
Human Toxicity
Applications
Bioimaging
Biosensors
Dentistry
Drug & Gene Delivery Using Nanotechnology
Magnetic Hyperthermia
Medical Devices
Photoablation Therapy
Sepsis
Tissue Engineering

Lesson 9: Applications – Environment and Agriculture
Agriculture
Environmental Impact
Ecotoxicology of nanoparticles
Titanium dioxide
Reversing Desertification
Risk Assessment

 

Lesson Aims

  • Discuss and define nanotechnology, including size, scale, and common applications.

  • Explain the nature of atomic and subatomic particles in the context of nanotechnology.

  • Explain the basics of quantum mechanics including how electrons spin.

  • Explain types of nanoparticles, their properties and how they are made along with some of their applications in industry.

  • Explain how the fabrication of nanomaterials works and the different material types produced.

  • Discuss how nanocircuitry differs from traditional circuitry, its relationship to semiconductors and some of its applications in industry.

  • Explain how nanotechnology and nanomaterials are changing and improving how we generate, store, and utilise energy.

  • Explain the current and developing uses of nanotechnology in the biomedical field.

  • Explain the applications of nanoparticles to the environment and agriculture.

 

 

 
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