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MEF5020 – Nanochemistry

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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

The role of nano science compared to the present solid state science encountered and typical nano effects are understood? Preparation of nano particles and their modification is known. Different compounds can be judged with respect to their relevance for and their transformation into nano material. Different kinds of functionalizations and their realizations are known. Examples for application and their advantaged with respect to classical device setups are understood. Some possible links between nanao scientific and biological systems can be explained. Future perspectives are estimated and risk considerations can be taken into account.


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Recommended previous knowledge

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


An intensive course with two weeks of lectures and seminars. Compulsary 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.


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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.

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This course is replaced by MENA5020 - Nanochemistry.

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