Synthesis Techniques for Nanomaterials

Course Name: 

Synthesis Techniques for Nanomaterials (MT723)


M.Tech. in Nanotechnology




Programme Core (PC)

Credits (L-T-P): 

(3-1-0) 4

Course Outcomes: 

CO1: Obtain knowledge of the underlying mechanisms of different nanoparticle formation.
CO2: Gain an acquaintance on the different preparation methods for nanoparticles.
CO3: Understand the role of different surfactants to tailor nanoparticle morphology.
CO4: Study the different post-processing methods of nanoparticle synthesis to acquire unique morphology.

Course modules and teaching hours: 

Module 1: (11 hours)
Physical Methods: Inert gas condensation, Arc discharge, RF-plasma, Plasma arc technique, Ion sputtering, Laser ablation, Laser pyrolysis, Ball Milling, Molecular beam epitaxy, Chemical vapour deposition method and other variants, Electrodeposition.

Module 2: (11 hours)
Chemical Methods: Metal nanocrystals by reduction, Solvothermal synthesis, Photochemical synthesis, Electrochemical synthesis, Nanocrystals of semiconductors and other materials by arrested precipitation, Thermolysis routes, Sonochemical routes, Liquid-liquid interface

Module 3: (8 hours)
Hybrid methods: Solvated metal atom dispersion, Post-synthetic size-selective processing. Sol- gel, Micelles and microemulsions, Cluster compounds.

Module 4: (11 hours)
Biological Methods: Use of bacteria, fungi, Actinomycetes for nanoparticle synthesis, Magnetotactic bacteria for natural synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles; Mechanism of formation; Viruses as components for the formation of nanostructured materials; Synthesis process and application, Role of plants in nanoparticle synthesis.

Module 5: (11 hours)
Lithographic Techniques: AFM based nanolithography and nano manipulation, E-beam lithography and SEM based nanolithography and nano manipulation, Ion beam lithography, oxidation and metallization. Deep UV lithography, X-ray based lithography


H. S. Nalwa - Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology, 2011.
Leon L. Shaw(Ed), Processing & properties of structural nanomaterials, 2010.
C. N. R. Rao, Achim Muller and A. K. Cheetham, The Chemistry of Nanomaterials,Vol I & II, Wiley VCH, 2004.
G. Cao, Nanostructures & Nanomaterials Synthesis, Properties & Applications, Imperial College Press, 2004


Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Total teaching hours: 


Contact us

Dr. Ravishankar K. S, Head
Department of MME, NITK, Surathkal
P. O. Srinivasnagar, Mangaluru - 575 025
Karnataka, India.
  • Hot line: +91-0824-2473050