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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 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 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.
  • you can communicate contemporary research


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.


Recommended previous knowledge

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

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with MENA5020 – Nano-chemistry


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

Compulsory student presentations. Students have to compile and give a seminar on a given topic. The seminar must be approved before the student can take the exam.


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. Students have to compile and give a seminar on a given topic. The seminar must be approved before the student can take the exam.

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 pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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.

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

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Every autumn

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