Total Credits: 10
Level: Level 4
Target Students: Students on the MSc Nanoscience course
|Full Year||Assessed by end of Spring Semester|
Summary of Content: The Physical Characterisation of Nanostructures module provides a thorough grounding in a number of the primary experimental techniques used in state-of-the-art nanoscience. The module comprises a series of practical laboratory sessions where students apply a ‘circus’ of techniques (including AFM/STM, particle sizing/light scattering, computer modeling, XPS, and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy) to two samples: nanotubes and self-assembled monolayers on Au substrates.
Method and Frequency of Class:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Practical||14 weeks||1 per week||3 hours|
Method of Assessment:
|Coursework 1||15||Literature Survey|
|Presentation 1||10||10 minute presentation on experimental strategy and results|
|Inclass Exam 1 (Written)||20||Class Test|
Professor P Moriarty
Education Aims: To introduce students to a variety of techniques underlying experimental and theoretical nanoscience and to give them experience in their use.
Learning Outcomes: The expected learning outcomes of the module are as follows: a) Knowledge and understanding: Students who successfully complete this module will have an understanding of a variety of techniques underlying experimental and theoretical nanoscience including scanning probe microscopy, dynamic light scattering, computational modelling, photoelectron spectroscopy and optical spectroscopy b) Intellectual Skills: Students who successfully complete this module will be able to appreciate the relative merits and limitations of various experimental techniques and be able to make informed decisions on the best technique to use in various circumstances c) Professional practical skills: Students who successfully complete this module will have had practical experience in the use of the techniques listed above. d) Transferable (key) skills: Students who successfully complete this module will have enhanced their skills in the written and oral presentation of research results.
Offering School: Physics & Astronomy
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