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Dario Zappa / Elisabetta Comini


The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to nanoscience and nanotechnology, including the basics of preparation of nanomaterials and their characterization, together with the use of some of the required instrumentations. This course is suitable for graduate students with various physics, chemistry and engineering backgrounds.

  • Introduction to nanoscience and nanotechnology (1h): Basic introduction on nanotechnology, the advantages and disadvantaged comparted to traditional material science and some possible application fields.
  • Preparation of nanoscaled materials: nanoparticles, nanowires and nanotubes (2h): A collection of deposition techniques that could be used for the fabrication of different topologies of nanostructures, including nanoparticles, nanowires, nanotubes and heterostructures: evaporation-condensation techniques; chemical and physical vapor deposition; thermal evaporation; pulsed layer deposition; atomic layer deposition; hydrothermal; electrospinning; sputtering; electrochemical anodization and more.
  • Preparation of nanoscaled materials: nanoparticles, nanowires and nanotubes (4h): Practical fabrication of some metal oxide nanostructures using some of the techniques introduced. Student will manage experiments using the facilities at SENSOR Laboratory.
  • Surface and structural characterization (6h): Introduction to some of the most common characterization techniques used for the investigation of materials at nanoscale: electron microscopy (SEM, TEM); electron diffraction (SAED); Energy-dispersive X-ray (EDS), X-Ray diffraction (XRD), Raman; atomic force microscopy (AFM).
  • Surface and structural characterization (4h): Practical characterization of some nanostructured materials fabricated by the students in this course by using some of the advanced characterization techniques available at SENSOR Laboratory