CHEM40870 Nanomaterials Chemistry

Academic Year 2023/2024

Course will provide an introduction to core concepts, material properties and techniques relating to the application of chemistry to nanoscale science and technology. The following topics will be explored:
Bottom up nanoscience
Synthetic methodologies for the preparation of spherical nanoparticles
Nanomaterial types: metal, semiconductor, insulators, magnetic materials
Techniques for characterizing and manipulating the nanoscale
Electronic and optical properties of nanomaterials and nanoparticles
Self-assembly processes

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should:
• Understand the basic principles of the bottom-up approach;
• Have knowledge and understanding of the main approaches in the synthesis of nanomaterials;
• Be familiar with techniques used to modify and purify nanomaterials;
• Have knowledge of the techniques used to characterise nanomaterials;
• Have a knowledge of material dependent properties tuneable through synthetic design and modification.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Seminar (or Webinar)


Conversation Class




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The approach to teaching and learning in this module is primarily through lectures with some workshops used to facilitate training in imaging methods and in data treatment. In addition, individual student nanomaterial pitches, highlighting the properties and application of a particular nanomaterial, are delivered to the whole class as an additional form of learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Stage 2 and Stage 3 core modules in Chemistry Degree programme or equivalent

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
CHEM40770 - Nanochemistry, taught MSc

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Continuous assessment during semester Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Written examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Demetra Achilleos Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Karina Nigoghossian Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Gareth Redmond Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Fri 11:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 3, 5 Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2 Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 4 Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 10:00 - 10:50