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Syllabus for

Academic year
KTK042 - Nanomaterials chemistry
Syllabus adopted 2017-02-22 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPMCN
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Chemical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: D+
Maximum participants: 48

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0115 Laboratory 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    
0215 Examination 6,0 c Grading: TH   6,0 c   10 Jan 2018 pm SB,  06 Apr 2018 pm SB,  20 Aug 2018 am M

In programs

MPMCN MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Professor  Anders Palmqvist


KTK041   Nanomaterials chemistry


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

The students are expected to have a knowledge corresponding to the content in KOO093 - The synthesis, properties and structures of solid state materials, or the equivalent, as well as knowledge corresponding to the content in KTK095 - Surface Chemistry, or the equivalent.


The overall aim of the course is to provide an understanding of the basic and applied aspects of the chemistry of nanomaterials and to describe the importance of surface, size, shape, self-assembly and defect properties of a selection of typical nanomaterials. The course includes lectures, journal clubs and experimental laboratory work carried out under the supervision of a researcher in the field. Special emphasis is put on sustainability and energy aspects in the choice of the topics for the laboratory work.

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

  • Describe the most important concepts of nanomaterials.
  • Explain the formation of nanoparticles and mesoporous materials.
  • Describe different self-assembly processes used in nanomaterials preparation.
  • Explain specific details about the nanochemistry of common nanomaterials and their properties.
  • Describe concepts of templating, chemical patterning, soft lithography, layer-by-layer deposition and methods for surface functionalisation.
  • Exemplify applications in chemistry, physics, bioscience and materials science where the nanostructure is of central importance.
  • Carry out relevant laboratory work including synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials, evaluation of properties and reporting.


The course starts with describing the basic concepts of nanomaterials chemistry with a special emphasis on the importance of surface, size, shape, self-assembly, defects and application of nanomaterials. Following this a number of lectures are given to cover a selection of important nanomaterials and their specific properties. These lectures also explain different nanochemistry methods used in formation, self-assembly, templating, chemical patterning, soft lithography, layer-by-layer deposition and surface functionalisation of nanomaterials. Examples of important properties and applications of nanomaterials are described throughout the course and presentations from industry representatives are given to illustrate the relevance and opportunities of nanomaterials chemistry. Laboratory work is carried out on selected topics and reported. Journal club reviews of selected scientific papers are carried out and presented to student peers.


The course includes about 12 lectures and experimental laboratory work carried out under the supervision of a researcher in the field and is to be reported in writing. Scientific papers will be selected for review and discussion within journal clubs and orally presented.


Notes from lectures and the course book
Concepts of Nanochemistry
Ludovico Cademartiri and Geoffrey A. Ozin
Wiley-VCH, Weinheim
ISBN: 978-3-527-32597-9


The examination is based on a written exam, grades TH, and also includes approved written and oral presentations of laboratory work and journal clubs.

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