Module code: ENGD023

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 Robert (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 0

ECTS Credits: 0

Framework: FHEQ Level 8

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 30

Lecture Hours: 10

Tutorial Hours: 10

Laboratory Hours: 10

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:
• Nanometallics
• 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
Coursework Short answer questions 50
Coursework Long answer question involving calculation, analysis, discussion involving core aspects of the module. 50

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 5 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 question is 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.

Thus, the summative assessment for this unit consists of:
• Q1 (Short answer questions) 50%
• Q2 (Essay question) 50%

Formative assessment
• Formative verbal feedback is given in lectures and tutorials.

• Written feedback is given on the submitted coursework

Module aims

  • introduce the various classes of nanomaterials and bulk materials with a well-defined and controlled nanostructure
  • discuss origins of nano-related behaviour in discrete nano-scale materials produced such as carbon nanotubes and self-assembled monolayers
  • 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
001 Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the range and breadth of application of nanomaterials CK
002 Review critically the potential impact, in all classes of materials, of the control of nanostructure CK
003 Describe the methods for the chemical and nanostructural characterisation of such materials and select appropriate techniques for a range of situations CK
004 Outline the nanotechnology production routes currently available CK
005 Identify possible opportunities for nanomaterials in product development and enhancement KT
006 Explain current issues in Nanomaterials which are complex, conceptually challenging, and are at, or informed by, the forefront of field
007 Demonstrate an understanding of the underlying issues through the appropriate interpretation of assessment questions
008 Apply course subject matter for research and advanced academic enquiry

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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:
• 22 hours lectures
• 8 hours tutorial classes
• 30 hours coursework.

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
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies EngD 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required 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 2020/1 academic year.