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.
The content of each of the nine lessons is as outlined below:
Lesson 1: Scope and Nature of Nanotechnology
History of Nanotechnology
Textiles & Cosmetics
Perfect Molecular Nanosystems
Lesson 2: Atomic and Subatomic Particles
Structure of an Atom
Monomers and polymers
Lesson 3: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
Photons - Quantisation of Light
Atoms & Electrons
Quantum Numbers & Orbitals
Lesson 4: Types of Nanoparticles
Properties of Nanoparticles
Electronic and Optical Properties
Synthesis of Nanoparticles
Lesson 5: Nanofabrication
Nanotubes and Nanowires
Fabrication: Top-down method
Fabrication: Bottom-up method
Chemical Vapour Deposition
Physical Vapour Deposition
Lesson 6: Nanocircuitry and Semiconductors
Types of materials
Current in semiconductors
Covalent bonding in silicon
Electrons and Holes
Types of semiconductors
N type semiconductor
P type semiconductor
Lesson 7: Applications - Improving Energy Use
Lesson 8: Biomedical Applications
Drug & Gene Delivery Using Nanotechnology
Lesson 9: Applications – Environment and Agriculture
Ecotoxicology of nanoparticles
- 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.