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Nanomaterials and nanotechnologies for energy applications

01RXTPE, 01RXTOQ

A.A. 2022/23

Course Language

Inglese

Course degree

Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Nanotechnologies For Icts (Nanotecnologie Per Le Ict) - Torino/Grenoble/Losanna
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Ingegneria Elettronica (Electronic Engineering) - Torino

Course structure
Teaching Hours
Lezioni 47,5
Esercitazioni in laboratorio 12,5
Teachers
Teacher Status SSD h.Les h.Ex h.Lab h.Tut Years teaching
Tresso Elena Maria Professore Associato FIS/01 35 0 0 0 6
Teaching assistant
Espandi

Context
SSD CFU Activities Area context
FIS/03 6 D - A scelta dello studente A scelta dello studente
Valutazione CPD 2021/22
2021/22
The course is taught in English. Aim of this course is to give an overview of the worldwide energy panorama, and to show how nanotechnologies are successfully employed allowing decisive technological breakthroughs and making substantial contributions to sustainable energy supply. Selected examples in the different sectors will be examined, with particular focus on advanced energy harvesting and storage systems and their impacts on energy efficiency and reduction of emissions. The students will receive interdisciplinar theoretical and methodological tools on materials, technologies, characterization and design techniques for innovative micro/nano-structures and devices for energy issues.
The course is taught in English. Aim of this course is to give an overview of the worldwide energy panorama, and to show how nanotechnologies are successfully employed allowing decisive technological breakthroughs and making substantial contributions to sustainable energy supply. Selected examples in the different sectors will be examined, with particular focus on advanced energy harvesting and storage systems and their impacts on energy efficiency and reduction of emissions. The students will receive interdisciplinar theoretical and methodological tools on materials, technologies, characterization and design techniques for innovative micro/nano-structures and devices for energy issues.
To acquire basic understanding of the nanotechnology systems and materials which are relevant for energy applications, in particular of: - the methods for synthesis and growth of the nano-materials, their physical-chemical properties - the basic principles of the devices, the evaluation and the comparison of their performances, the technological steps for their fabrication - the principal characterization techniques for materials and devices
To acquire basic understanding of the nanotechnology systems and materials which are relevant for energy applications, in particular of: - the methods for synthesis and growth of the nano-materials, their physical-chemical properties - the basic principles of the devices, the evaluation and the comparison of their performances, the technological steps for their fabrication - the principal characterization techniques for materials and devices
- General physics (mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetisms, optics) - Fundamentals of chemistry, electronics and materials science
- General physics (mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetisms, optics) - Fundamentals of chemistry, electronics and materials science
INTRODUCTION (0.5 ECTs) The energy challenge: overview of the worldwide panorama, discussion of the IEA and EU documents roadmaps, potential applications of nanotechnologies. ENERGY HARVESTING (2.5 ECTs) Photovoltaics: the basic principles and the characterization techniques. Solar cells:p-n junctions and thin films, nanotechnologies for 1st and 2nd generation, Dye sensitized, Organic and Perovskites solar cells. Piezoelectric Materials and Devices; Thermoelectrics; Fuel cells; Microbial fuel cells. Blue Energy   ENERGY STORAGE (1.5 ECTs) Supercapacitors for electrochemical storage; Solar water splitting for H2 production. EXPERIMENTAL LABORATORIES (1.5 ECTs) Safety rules in a lab; fabrication and characterization of photovoltaic devices; fabrication and characterization of supercapacitors
INTRODUCTION (0.5 ECTs) The energy challenge: overview of the worldwide panorama, discussion of the IEA and EU documents roadmaps, potential applications of nanotechnologies. ENERGY HARVESTING (2.5 ECTs) Photovoltaics: the basic principles and the characterization techniques. Solar cells:p-n junctions and thin films, nanotechnologies for 1st and 2nd generation, Dye sensitized, Organic and Perovskites solar cells. Piezoelectric Materials and Devices; Thermoelectrics; Fuel cells. Blue Energy   ENERGY STORAGE (1.5 ECTs) Supercapacitors for electrochemical storage; Solar water splitting and artiphicial photosynthesis reactors for H2 and/or biofuels production. EXPERIMENTAL LABORATORIES (1.5 ECTs) Safety rules in a lab; fabrication and characterization of photovoltaic devices; fabrication and characterization of supercapacitors
The course involves class lectures and few class exercises (for a total of 4.5 ECTs). Class exercises include simple problem solving activities, with strict connections to theoretical lectures. The experimental laboratory activity (1.5 ECTs) consists of an experimental "hands-on" session at Nanoscience Lab. of DISAT – Department of Applied Science and Technology, where students, in small groups and under professor supervision, will implement simple experiments on nanomaterials growth, on dye sensitized solar cells/supercapacitors assembly and characterizations of materials and devices.
The course involves class lectures and few class exercises (for a total of 4.5 ECTs). Class exercises include simple problem solving activities, with strict connections to theoretical lectures. The experimental laboratory activity (1.5 ECTs) consists of an experimental "hands-on" session at Nanoscience Lab. of DISAT – Department of Applied Science and Technology, where students, in small groups and under professor supervision, will implement simple experiments on nanomaterials growth, on dye sensitized solar cells/supercapacitors assembly and characterizations of materials and devices. For the students that will not be able to follow the experimental lab a homework will be proposed. In case of long-distance teaching: - homeworks and exercises to be solved at home will be proposed at the end of the theoretical lessons, and will give the opportunity of gaining additional points on the final mark. - the experimental lab will be substituted by a "VIRTUAL LAB" in which (interactive) videos of the experiments and obtained experimental data will be given, for preparation of the reports.
Lecture notes and selected scientific papers given by the teacher Suggested books: - J.Garcia-Martinez Nanotechnology for the energy challengeg,Ed. Wiley, 2013 - F.L. De Souza, E.R. Leite Nanoenergy: Nanotechnology Applied for Energy Productionh, Ed. Springer, 2014 - J.Lambauer, A. Voss, U. Fahl, Nanotechnology and Energy: Science, Promises and Limitsh, Pan Stanford Publ., Taylor & Francis, 2012
Lecture notes and selected scientific papers given by the teacher Suggested books: - J.Garcia-Martinez Nanotechnology for the energy challengeg,Ed. Wiley, 2013 - F.L. De Souza, E.R. Leite Nanoenergy: Nanotechnology Applied for Energy Productionh, Ed. Springer, 2014 - J.Lambauer, A. Voss, U. Fahl, Nanotechnology and Energy: Science, Promises and Limitsh, Pan Stanford Publ., Taylor & Francis, 2012
Modalità di esame: Prova scritta (in aula); Prova orale obbligatoria;
Exam: Written test; Compulsory oral exam;
The written exam will consist in answering to two open questions on the subjects developed during the course. The duration will be 1h. The maximum obtainable mark in the written part is 26/30. The laboratory activity (as described in the report and as discussed during the oral) will give additional points (maximum 4 points) to the mark obtained in the written part. The oral is MANDATORY. It will consist in a (brief) discussion of the written answers and of the report on the lab activity (for the students that have not followed the labs, the discussion will be on the homework). Also the oral can give additional points to the mark obtained in the written part
Gli studenti e le studentesse con disabilità o con Disturbi Specifici di Apprendimento (DSA), oltre alla segnalazione tramite procedura informatizzata, sono invitati a comunicare anche direttamente al/la docente titolare dell'insegnamento, con un preavviso non inferiore ad una settimana dall'avvio della sessione d'esame, gli strumenti compensativi concordati con l'Unità Special Needs, al fine di permettere al/la docente la declinazione più idonea in riferimento alla specifica tipologia di esame.
Exam: Written test; Compulsory oral exam;
The written exam consists in two-three open questions on the subjects developed during the course. The duration will be 1h. It is not possible the use of textbooks, slides and other didactic material during the written test. It is necessary to obtain at least 15 poiints in the written etst for admission to the oral. The ORAL exam is mandatory, it will consist of two parts: - questions on the subjects developed during the theoretical lessons of the course, and analysis of the results obtained in homeworks and exercises (the maximum obtainable mark in this part is 22/30). - analysis of the lab reports and oral discussion on the lab activity; the maximum obtainable mark in this part is 8/30 (that will be summed to the mark obtained in the first part).
In addition to the message sent by the online system, students with disabilities or Specific Learning Disorders (SLD) are invited to directly inform the professor in charge of the course about the special arrangements for the exam that have been agreed with the Special Needs Unit. The professor has to be informed at least one week before the beginning of the examination session in order to provide students with the most suitable arrangements for each specific type of exam.
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