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Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.


Syllabus for

Academic year
MCC026 - Nanoscience
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-13 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPNAT
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   Contact examiner,  Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

In programs

MPNAT NANOTECHNOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Docent  Samuel Lara Avila


MCC025   Nanoscience


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic science and engineering courses.


Nanoscience is a rapidly developing area of intensive research at the border between chemistry, physics and biology. The aim of the course is to introduce basic physical concepts at nanoscale and to illustrate state of art achievements in the field, discuss possible future directions of research in nanoscience. One of the main course objectives is to introduce the students to the opportunities of research and further education in the field of Nanoscience at Chalmers.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Solve basic problems on quantum transport at nanoscale
  • Describe available experimental techniques for studies of current transport though single molecules, the role of coupling between molecules and electrodes, the conditions for sequential and coherent charge transport through molecule.
  • Describe physical and chemical ideas for implementing electronic functionality at single-molecule level.
  • Exemplify optical microscopy techniques with resolution well below the diffraction limit; methods of single-molecule optical spectroscopy such as fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy etc.
  • Evaluate static (like stiffness) and dynamic (like resonance frequency and dissipative factors) mechanical properties of nanoscale objects. 
  • Describe the implications of nanoplasmonics and nanostructured materials for the future energy saving and conversion technologies.
  • Develop original research ideas in the field of nanoscience. 
  • Evaluate the potential and feasibility of novel research ideas.


This course will give an overview of the broad field of Nanoscale Science and as such serve as a background and backbone for a masters program focusing on the physical, chemical, biological and/or material aspects of this field of science. Each of the four main directions will be presented in a series of lectures that highlights its forefront and its present status at Chalmers. The course also addresses the questions of ethical questions regarding science and nanotechnology in particular.


Fifteen review lectures will be given by researches actively working in the area.
Students will have to present their original research proposals based on the theoretical ideas and experimental techniques presented in the lectures. The projects will be reported at a student mini-conference. Each student will be an opponent for two other projects.


Research, review and popular articles that cover the different aspects of nanoscience discussed in the topical lectures. Chapters of the book: Stuart Lindsay, "Introduction to Nanoscience", Oxford University Press, 2009


Approved written and oral presentations of research proposal project; written exam (4 hours).

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