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F34CHA Physical Characterisation of Nanostructures
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  07/08

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students on the MSc Nanoscience course

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Full Year Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

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:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Practical 14 weeks1 per week3 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 15 Literature Survey 
Laboratory 30 Laboratory Diaries 
Report 25 Laboratory Report 
Presentation 1 10 10 minute presentation on experimental strategy and results 
Inclass Exam 1 (Written) 20 Class Test 

Convenor: 
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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