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Applications of Nanotechnology (PEN261)

Organisational Unit Chemistry and Physics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit examines key fundamentals of nanoscale matter and nanomaterials properties and performance. Nanocharacterisation techniques and the most prominent nanotools (AFM/STM) that underpins the nanotechnology revolution are also covered. The essay component of this course definitely allows any student from both domestic and international shores to explore the successful development of this advanced field and its translation into a range of applications of special interest to the student and explores the impact of nanotechnology in our community.
Unit Learning Outcomes This unit aims to
UO1 Provide you with in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of Nanotechnology/Nanoscience
UO2 Understand the concept of nanoparticles and nanostructured materials, and the fundamental properties associated with such materials.
UO3 Understand the techniques used to characterise nanoparticles of various materials.
UO4 Develop skills that enable the students to evaluate potential application of synthesised nanomaterials in industry.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 x 2 hours per week; tutorials/workshops: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to have a fundamental understanding of how the size, shape and composition of matter at the nanometer scale relates to the overall set of properties of nanomaterials in general. These properties in turn dictate where these nanomaterials are utilised and what kinds of devices are made from them in various applications.
As well, it is important for the nanotechnology student to have a historical view of the important milestones of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Two sets of lectures are provided per week to provide the basic information and applied concepts needed for the student to gain a thorough understanding of this unit. A 2hr workshop or tutorial is provided to ensure that problem solving skills and strategies are developed. Student discussion as to the applications in nanotechnology in the world is very much encouraged in this session. In parallel, with the essay component of this unit, the workshop/tutorial is a focal point where the student can discuss a relevant research topic/application which is most interesting to them and further their research skills, (lit review, selection of a relevant topic and critical analysis). A 15 minutes class presentation generally based on the essay provides ample scope and a focused opportunity for the student to present his/her research findings as well as meaningful conclusions to the essay component in this unit.
Assessment The main unit outcomes are based on learning the relationship between size, shape and composition to the nanoparticle's novel properties that forms the basis of its applications. The Mid-semester exam tests the student's understanding of above concepts and provides feedback about their progress.
The essay is about an application of nanoscience either current or in the future and builds on the concepts learnt. It develops the student's mindset about scientific applications in the real world.

The Exam covers the whole semester and provides a range of ways to test the student's understanding of the concepts and principle of this unit.
Assignment 1 (Mid-semester test on Topic 1-5): 20%
Assignment 1 (Essay-Student choice): 25 %
Final Exam, (over all topics): 55%
Prerequisites PEN152/PEC152 Principles of Physics and MAS161 Calculus and Matrix Algebra.
Notes Students who have completed previous physics not listed in the prerequisites above should consult the Academic Chair for clarification of their enrolment.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Physics and Nanotechnology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Physics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Eddy Poinern
Senior Lecturer (Physics and Energy)

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2892
e: G.Poinern@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.043 - Building 340, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Eddy Poinern
Senior Lecturer (Physics and Energy)

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2892
e: G.Poinern@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.043 - Building 340, Murdoch Campus
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