Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2012/13
Introduction to nanotechnologies
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Electronic Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Telecommunications Engineering - Torino
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Electronic Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
SSD CFU Activities Area context
FIS/03 6 D - A scelta dello studente A scelta dello studente
11CWH; 02CWH
Subject fundamentals
The course aims to teach basic elements of the micro- and nanotechnology world. Starting from basic elements of physics and chemistry, the course will introduce the theory and the technology at the base of engineering applications of nanoscience.
The definition of basic concepts and the different application fields will be introduced.
A part the theoretical classes, laboratory practice will be proposed. In particular, the course is organized in 40 hours of theoretical classes (4 credits) and 20 hours of laboratory practice (2 credits) where students will be divided in 12 parallel groups of approximately 5 people each.

The theoretical classes will take place at the headquarter of Politecnico di Torino in the first 9 weeks of the course. In the following 5 weeks, laboratory practices will take place at the Didactic labs of the Department of Applied Science and Technology (DISAT) of Politecnico di Torino. The topic of the lab practices will include what presented during the theoretical classes.
Expected learning outcomes
The knowledges and competencies to be learned by the students will be applied during the lab practices and verified during the final exam.
In particular, the student will learn:
- Physical and Chemical theories governing the nanoscale and physical-chemistry of surfaces;
- The principle rendering the nanostructure specific with respect to their bulk counterparts;
- Synthesis and preparation techniques of nanomaterials and their characterization methods;
- Potential applications of nanotechnologies both in the scientific research and in the industrial fields.

In particular, the students will learn also the following capabilities:
- Synthetic chemical processes for obtaining nanomaterials;
- Characterization techniques;
- Ability to recognize a nanomaterial, studying and characterizing it;
- Abilities and critical method to evaluate nanomaterial properties and nanotechnologies in their applications;
- Ability to understand and catch from different scientific disciplines a global and multidisciplinary view about the problems and challenges concerning nanotechnology.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
It is suggested the course attendance to the 3rd years-students and not to former years.
Theoretical lessons (40 hours):
Definition of nanotechnologies, historical notes, biomimetic examples
Synthesis and preparation techniques of nanomaterials: top-down and bottom-up approaches
Examples, functionalities and properties of different nanomaterial types, among them graphene, carbon nanotubes, nanoparticles and nanowires of different nature (metallic, polymeric, semiconducting and metal oxides, porous nanosystems)

Characterization techniques of nanomaterial: electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopies, spectroscopies, X-ray diffraction, dynamic light scattering, water contact angles, and more others.

Applications in the field of electronics, sensing, life science, generation, storage and energy conversion.
MEMS/NEMS, micro-cantilevers and nanoelectronics with specific case-studies

Laboratories and experimental activities (20 hours)
Delivery modes
The laboratories will consist of guided experimental activities and calculations where students, divided in small groups, will develop one or more research activities related to nanotechnology under the supervision of an active researcher in the field. Laboratories will take place at the Didactic labs of the Department of Applied Science and Technology (DISAT) of Politecnico di Torino.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Slides of the Course
The following book are advised:
1. Handbook of Nanotechnology , Bushnan Editor, Springer

2. Handbook of Nanomaterials, Bushnan Editor, Springer

3. Handbook of Nanomaterial Properties, B. Bhushan, D. Luo, S. R. Schricker, W. Sigmund, S. Zauscher (Eds.) , 2014

Material given from Professor during theoretical and practical classes about specific topics.
Assessment and grading criteria
The final examination will be based on:
- Report about the laboratory practice (decided with the course professor)
- Oral exam consisting in questions related to the theoretical classes.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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