Nanomaterials Syllabus

NOWNano DTC: The North West Nanoscience Doctoral Training Centre

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The first six months of the programme is taught and students will attend lectures, complete projects and also take part in .

Lecture Courses

There are three core modules which all students cover during the programme. Alongside these core modules the students also choose one optional module to study.

Core 1: Underlying Principles of Nanoscience

Part (i) Biomedical Aspects of Nanoscience
Classes: 12 lectures in semester 1 (months 1-3)
The lectures will cover the following topics:
  • Physiological hierarchy: animals from the metre to the micrometer
  • Physiological hierarchy: general cell structure and ultrastructure; cytoskeletal elements and intracellular transport; channels, pores, endocytosis, phagocytosis, exocytosis
  • Overview of human diseases
  • Current therapeutics, strengths and limitations
  • The science behind using drugs: pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics
  • Targeting receptors, mechanisms of resistance
  • Viruses as prototypical drug carriers

Part (ii) Introduction to Properties of Solids

The lectures will cover the following topics:
  • Free electron model of metals. Fermi and Bose statistics. Fermi energy. Conduction properties of metals, electrons in a magnetic field, Hall effect. Cyclotron motion and cyclotron resonance.
  • Structural properties of solids. Bravais latttice and unit cell. Bragg scattering. Reciprocal lattice and Brilloun zone. Phonons in solids: optical and acoustic branch. Piezoelectric materials.
  • Band structure for electrons in solids. Metals and insulators.liquid samples e mass approximations. Donors and acceptors. Heterostructures and two-dimensional electrons.
  • Optical properties of semiconductors. Excitons in semiconductors.
Part (iii) Nanoparticles, Nanomaterials and their Optiacl Characterisation NOWNano students
The lectures will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to nanoparticles, including dimensionality and general properties. (e.g. surface energy’s role in reactivity and crystal structure, optical properties and electronic structure).
  • Self assembly. Design and interaction of block polymers which self assemble (micelle phase diagrams, peptide gels and DNA). Mesocrystals.
  • Production routes for nanoparticles and nanomaterials (colloidal, templating, chemical vapour deposition).
  • Optical characterisation techniques (Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, etc.).

Core 2: Introduction to Nanoengineering

Part (i) Nanoengineering Approaches to Regenerative Medicine
16 lectures and an EBL assignment in semester 1 (months 1-3)

The lectures will cover the following topics:

Introductory concepts
  • Introduction to Tissue Engineering
  • Introduction to polymers
  • Mechanical Properties
  • Rheology of gel-like materials
Molecular Model student doing an experiment graphene student holding circuit board
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Paper battery?

by edsdesk

Mon Dec 7, 4:28 pm ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ordinary paper could one day be used as a lightweight battery to power the devices that are now enabling the printed word to be eclipsed by e-mail, e-books and online news.
Scientists at Stanford University in California reported on Monday they have successfully turned paper coated with ink made of silver and carbon nanomaterials into a "paper battery" that holds promise for new types of lightweight, high-performance energy storage.
The same feature that helps ink adhere to paper allows it to hold onto the single-walled carbon nanotubes and silver nanowire films

Some ... some not.

by setArcos

Biotechnology, bioinformatics
Emerging technology
Genetic engineering
Synthetic biology, synthetic genomics
Artificial photosynthesis
Anti-aging drugs: resveratrol, SRT1720
Vitrification or cryoprotectant
Hibernation or suspended animation
Stem cell treatments
Personalized medicine
Body implants, prosthesis
In vitro meat
Regenerative medicine
[edit] Energy systems
Emerging technology
Concentrated solar power includes thermal

Engineers develop new materials for hydrogen storage  — R & D Magazine
“We are looking for solid materials that can store and release hydrogen easily,” said Olivia Graeve, a professor at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, who has gained international recognition as a nanomaterials manufacturing expert.

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