NANOSCIENCE & NANOTECHNOLOGY - 2023/4
Module code: EEE3037
Expected prior learning: Students should have an interest in materials and devices.
Module purpose: Nanotechnology promises new strong and light materials, faster electronic devices which consume less energy and have enhanced functionality. Nanotechnology and nanomaterials are everywhere; it is on the nanometer scale that many of the well-known descriptions and properties of materials breakdown and where an understanding of quantum effects becomes vital. New materials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes with outstanding physical and electronic properties have emerged. This module will introduce quantum engineering and new nanomaterials as well as showing how developments have led to unprecedented ability to see and manipulate atoms and materials on the nanoscale.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
CAREY David (Elec Elec En)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: H611
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 95
Lecture Hours: 22
Tutorial Hours: 11
Guided Learning: 11
Captured Content: 11
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes the following.
1. Nanoscience and Quantum Engineering
- Origins and nature of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology in society and current issues.
- Quantum Engineering: The quantum nature of matter and wave-particle duality.
- The Schrödinger Equation, wavefunctions, probability and probability density; Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle.
- Quantum confinement and Solutions to the Schrödinger equation for ‘particle-in-a-box’ type problems.
- Quantum tunnelling & reflection and transmission coefficients: potential step and potential barrier. Electric field induced tunnelling and field emission display technology
2. Nanomaterials: Growth and Characteristics
- Length scales, importance of surface area-to-volume ratio for nanomaterials. Top-down and bottom-up approaches to nanotechnology.
- Properties of selected nanomaterials, including graphene, carbon nanotubes, nanometals and selected surfaces structures.
- Surface free energy in growth and criteria for growth of nanomaterials. Growth modes of semiconductor quantum dots and thin films (Frank-van der Merwe, Volmer-Weber, Stranski–Krastanov growth modes), homogenous and heterogeneous nucleation of nanomaterials and micelle formation.
3. Tools of Nanotechnology
- Scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy.
- Atomic and molecular manipulation – including lateral manipulation and 2D quantum corrals and tip induced effects
- Interaction of electrons with matter: resonant and non-resonant interactions, plasmons and other excitations.
- Introduction to electron microscopy: image formation and available signals, diffraction and diffractograms.
- Crystal lattices: planes and orientations in space, Miller indices.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination Online||4HR ONLINE (OPEN BOOK) EXAM||80|
Not applicable: students failing a unit of assessment resit the assessment in its original format.
The assessment strategy for this module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes. A four hour written examination paper will assess knowledge of fundamental quantum and material properties and allow the student to demonstrate an ability to perform numerical calculations of key material parameters. The assignment will assess the student’s ability to research into properties and applications of new materials. Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of the following:
· One 4-hour, open book written examination (worth 80% of the module)
· One written assignment covering aspects associated with new materials and problem solving (worth 20% of the module). The assignment is usually set in week 2 and is usually due week 9.
Any deadline given here is indicative. For confirmation of exact date and time, please check the Departmental assessment calendar issued to you.
Formative assessment and feedback
For the module, students will receive formative assessment/feedback in the following ways.
· During lectures, by question and answer sessions
· During tutorials/tutorial classes
· By means of unassessed tutorial problem sheets (with answers/model solutions)
· Via assessed coursework
- This module will equip students with an understanding of the science and engineering considerations that take place on the nanometer scale as well as developing an appreciation of the current status of, and future prospects for, nanotechnology. The module will show how quantum effects control many of the properties of materials and how the properties of new nanomaterials can be assessed using a range of techniques.
|1||Describe how the properties of materials depend upon the size of the material when quantum effects are considered.||KCT|
|2||Relate the electronic properties of a nanomaterial to the structural arrangement of its constituents.)||KC|
|3||Describe the operating principle, and the experimental limitations, of some of the common analytic tools of nanotechnology||KP|
|4||Analyze and interpret data of experimental characteristics of modern nanomaterials.||CT|
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 achieve the following aims.
- Through the introduction of the key concepts, representative examples and in-class calculations, the students will be able to relate the properties of materials when quantum effects are considered.
- Through the introduction, discussion and study of different materials, students will be able to examine and calculate the key properties of new materials.
- Through the use of a revision and study questions with full solutions, student will be able to pace their own learning in parallel with the lecture course.
Learning and teaching methods include the following.
- Lectures and problem classes
- Revision sessions
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.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology BEng (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology MEng||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy MSc||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|RF and Microwave Engineering MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Electronic Engineering with Professional Postgraduate Year MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Electronic Engineering MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Electronic Engineering MEng||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% 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 2023/4 academic year.