Science and Technology of Nanomaterials

Course Name: 

Science and Technology of Nanomaterials (MT475)


B.Tech (MME)




Programme Specific Electives (PSE)

Credits (L-T-P): 

(3-0-0) 3

Course Outcomes: 

CO1: Ability to identify suitable method(s) for synthesis of nanomaterials and nanostructures
CO2: Development of fundamental understanding of the unique properties of nanoscale materials
CO3: Awareness on the impact of nanotechnology on environment and society
CO4: Applying fundamentals in formulating research problems and solving them

Course modules and teaching hours: 

Module 1 (6 hours): Introduction
Definitions; classification; fundamental principles; fullerenes; nanoparticles; nanoclusters; nanowires; nanotubes; nanolayers; nanopores; supramolecules

Module 2 (12 hours): Synthesis
Top-down and bottom-up approaches; Plasma arcing; Chemical vapor deposition; Electro-deposition; Sol-gel synthesis; High energy ball milling; Nanolithography; Self-assembly; Langmuir-Blodgett films; Electrospinning

Module 3 (8 hours): Properties
Size dependence of properties, such as: Electrical, Physical, Optical, Chemical

Module 4 (8 hours): Characterization
Particle size and surface area determination; Spectroscopy: IR and Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; Microscopy: scanning tunneling microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy

Module 5 (6 hours): Applications
Nanomachines and nanodevices; Nanocomposites: MMC, CMC and PMC; Impact of nanomaterials in the areas of materials manufacturing, health care, data storage, clean energy, etc.

Module 6 (2 hours): Society and nanotechnology
Challenges and fears; Impact on health and environment


D. L. Schodek, P. Ferreira and M. F. Ashby, Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 2009
G. Cao, Y. Wang, Nanostructures and Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications, Imperial College Press, London, 2004
M. Wilson, K. Kannangara, G. Smith, M. Simmons and B. Raguse, Nanotechnology: basic science and emerging technologies, CRC press, Boca Raton, 2002
C. P. Poole, Jr., and F. J. Owens, Introduction to Nanotechnology, Wiley-Interscience, New Jersey, 2003


Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Total teaching hours: 


Contact us

Prof. K. Narayan Prabhu, Head
Department of MME, NITK, Surathkal
P. O. Srinivasnagar, Mangaluru - 575 025
Karnataka, India.
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