MENA3300 – Nanotechnology

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Course content

The course addresses nanoscience and nanotechnology, with emphasis on properties and applications for functional materials, and how these change in the nanodimension. The course includes both synthesis, characterization and description of how and why physical and functional properties change with nanodimension, as well as how this is used in applications. The course also deals with the ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) of nanotechnology.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you should have the following skills:

  • Be able to give a description of what nanotechnology and nanoscience are.
  • Be able to describe how and why physical and functional properties change with nanodimension.
  • Have knowledge of a variety of analysis techniques for nanomaterials.
  • Know a range of synthetic methods for nanomaterials.
  • Know about different applications of nanomaterials.
  • Be able to discuss ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) in nanotechnology.

Admission to the course

Students at UiO register for courses and exams in Studentweb.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)

  • Chemistry (1+2)

  • Biology (1+2)

  • Information technology (1+2)

  • Geosciences (1+2)

  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

or similar courses.


the course lasts one semester with 4 hour of classes each week. The teaching comprises of 2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of group seminars each week. There is one one compulsory project assignment.

It is mandatory to attend the first lecture (including students on the waiting list). If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must notify the Department of Chemistry before the start of the lecture, otherwise your course registration will be cancelled.


Written midterm exam (1 hour) which counts 20 %  and a final written exam (4 hours) at the end of the semester which counts 80 % of the total grade. If you have documented an excused absence from the midterm exam, the final exam counts 100 % of the final grade. Both the partial exam and the final exam must be passed to get the final grade in the course.

The project assignment must be approved before a student may take the final exam.

Examination support material

Pocket calculator.

"Fysiske størrelser og enheter - navn og symboler" Carl Angell and Bjørn Ebbe Lian, Universitetsforlaget, or similar types of collection of units.

Language of examination

If the course is taught in English, exam text in Norwegian and English will be offered. You can answer the exam in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Feb. 18, 2020 12:20:06 PM

Facts about this course

Spring and autumn

From spring 2020 the course will be given every spring.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)