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Course content

Nano science targets a domain of matter that has not yet been understood and explored neither by the well established molecular methods nor by the standard micrometer range technologies. An essential prerequisite nano research is the reliable synthesis of well defined nanoparticles, their modification and functionalizartion as well as their organization into larger hierarchical structures.

Such issues will be discussed in terms of presently important nano materials. Examples for possible applications and their relevance to thechnology will be given. 1. The nano world (general definition, philosophy) 2. Physico-chemical considerations (band structures, typical and useful “nano effects”) 3. Colloids (typical syntheses of nanoparticles) 4. Fullerenes, C-nanotubes (synthesis, forms, variants, properties, applications) 5. Oxide-nanotubes + fibers (synthesis, forms, variants, properties, applications) 6. Other inorganic nano materials (synthesis forms, variants, properties, applications) 7. Bio-nano-link 8. Risk discussion and future perspectives

Learning outcome

After completing this course:
- you understand how effects may emerge due to nano-dimensions of particles
and how nanochemistry thereby differs from solid state chemistry
- you can judge whether turning to a nanostructured material for a given chemical compound is likely to result in grossly modified chemical or physical properties
- you are familiar with principles of nanoparticle preparation and
- you are familiar with functionalizations and their realizations
- you can give examples of applications of nanochemistry and describe their
advantages with respect to classical materials and device setups
- you can examplify links between nanoscience and biological systems
- you are aware of special risks pertaining to nanochemistry, and you can
provide perspectives on future nanochemistry developments


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Recommended previous knowledge

A Bachelor degree in MEF or MENA from The University of Oslo, or an equivalent background knowledge.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with MENA9020 – Nano-chemistry


An intensive course with two weeks of lectures and seminars. Compulsary student presentations. From Autumn 2018 the teaching form can be changed. Information about this will be posted here later in August

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Oral examination in medio January. This subject does not offer new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination will be in 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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who have a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

Teaching may be cancelled if less than 5 students apply. It will still be possible for students to complete compulsory activities and exam if they wish.


Every autumn

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