Module code: ENGM124

Module Overview

This course provides an introduction to the synthesis, behaviour and application of materials that are available at the nanometre scale or can be synthesised with features consistent with this length scale.

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

DOREY RA Prof (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: J500

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

Nanoceramic Materials
Nanotubes: Production to Applications
Self Assembled Monolayers
Dispersion of Nanoparticulates in Polymers
Electronic Properties of Nanomaterials
Mechanical Properties of Nanoreinforced Polymers
Analysis of Nanomaterials
SPM: The full range of nanotechniques and relationship to SEM
Surface Analysis
3D atom probe
Focussed Ion Beams
Electron Spectroscopy of Carbon Nanomaterials
Nanomaterials – the new commercialisation challenge
Nanostructured Coatings for Wear Resistant Applications
Nano Enabled Sensors
Nanomaterials and Biosensors.


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate both a knowledge across the whole breadth of the module and a deeper cognitive/analytical ability alongside deeper knowledge in specified areas.

The short questions of the assessment package are able to test knowledge and understanding of a broad range of topics covered in the module. The longer questions are aimed at assessing the knowledge of specific chosen topics and depth of understanding expected at this level on the fundamentals and the production of nanomaterials, their structure property relationships and their application in technological areas.

Summative assessment and formative feedback

·         Q1 (4 x short answer) + Q2 (long answer question)

[Learning outcomes 1-5]        (45 hours)        Mon/Tues 2 weeks after end of course {40%}

·         Q3 (6 x short answer) + Q4 (long answer question)

[Learning outcomes 1-5]        (75 hours)        Mon/Tues 6 weeks after end of course {60%}

·         Formative verbal feedback is given in lectures and tutorials.

Written feedback is given on the first assessment coursework (Q1 & Q2), which is submitted in advance of the final summative assessment.

Module aims

  • introduce the various classes of nanomaterials and bulk materials with a well-defined and controlled nanostructure
  • introduce the various classes of nanomaterials and bulk materials with a well-defined and controlled nanostructure
  • provide an overview of synthesis and manufacturing routes for creating nanomaterials and structures within larger structures and devices
  • review the techniques required to analyse structures at the nanoscale.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the range and breadth of application of nanomaterials KC
2 Review critically the potential impact, in all classes of materials, of the control of nanostructure KC
3 Describe the methods for the chemical and nanostructural characterisation of such materials and select appropriate techniques for a range of situations  KC
4 Outline the nanotechnology production routes currently available KC
5 Identify possible opportunities for nanomaterials in product development and enhancement  KT
6 Explain current issues in Nanomaterials which are complex, conceptually challenging, and are at, or informed by, the forefront of field KC
7 Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying issues through the appropriate interpretation of assessment questions KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Introduce synthesis, structure-property relationships, analysis and application of a range of nanomaterials. This is achieved principally though lectures and laboratory demonstrations.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures [21 hours]
Tutorials [2 hours]
Demonstrations [2 hours]
Industrial visit to ATI [3 hours]
Coursework  [122 hours] 

The teaching is delivered as a one-week intensive course.


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for NANOMATERIALS :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Advanced Materials MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies EngD 2 Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.