MENA9020 – Nano-chemistry

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

Course content

Nanoscience 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 functionalization as well as their organization into larger hierarchical structures.

Such issues will be discussed in terms of presently important nanomaterials. Examples for possible applications and their relevance to technology 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 nanomaterials (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 modification
  • 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 exemplify links between nanoscience and biological systems
  • you are aware of special risks pertaining to nanochemistry, and you can provide perspectives on future nanochemistry developments

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

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


An intensive course with three weeks of lectures and seminars in the autumn semester (typically October) followed up by one day of extra seminars early in the following January. Compulsory student presentations.

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.


Final oral exam which counts 100% towards the finale grade.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: MENA5020 – Nano-chemistry

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document 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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Sep. 23, 2020 8:18:16 AM

Facts about this course


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

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