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33323 Nano-1: Introduction to nanotechnology

Danish title:

Nano-1: Introduktion til nanoteknologi


Point( ECTS )


Course type:

Taught under open university


F1B (Thurs 13-17)


Campus Lyngby

Scope and form:

4 hours per week. Lectures, class discussions, group presentations, exercises, a few experiments and analysis of experimental data.

Duration of Course:

13 weeks

Date of examination:

E1B, F1B

Type of assessment:

Exam duration:



Qualified Prerequisites:

General course objectives:

The course aims at providing you with a general and broad introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of nanotechnology.

During the course you will acquire the basic knowledge of the physical phenomena, theoretical concepts and experimental techniques behind the recent vastly improved ability to observe, fabricate and manipulate individual structures on the micro- and nanometre scale. The human and ecotoxicological aspects are also discussed.

Another aim of the course is to make you familiar with cross disciplinary possibilities within nanotechnology i.e. the use of nanotechnology within areas such as chemistry, biology and medicine.

The final goal is to give you an insight into applications of nanotechnology in daily life products. An example is complete sensor systems.

Learning objectives:

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
  • Describe and explain what nanotechnology is
  • Define and present nano scale physics, and make basic estimates of sizes and effects in nanotechnology
  • Define the meaning of nanomaterials and present examples
  • Describe and discuss nanotechnology tools
  • Describe how to fabricate nanoscale structures and the limitations of different techniques
  • Describe and explain how examples of nanosensor systems work and how to manipulate surfaces on the nanoscale for sensor applications
  • Describe and explain how nanotechnology can be used in biological and medical research
  • Explain the main concerns about nanotoxicological effects and environmental effects of nanostructures
  • Write a scientific report with appropriate references and citations on cutting edge nanotechnology applications
  • Present and defend the report in the class, and evaluate reports


During the first half of the course you will get an introduction to nanoscale phenomena, fundamental theoretical concepts and experimental techniques in nanotechnology.

On the atomic scale the laws of nature are governed by quantum physics. You will get acquainted with the necessary quantum theory on a very basic level, and you will use this to analyze and understand characteristic nano-scale phenomena.

Central topics will be nanoscale materials, micro- and nanolithography, used in the fabrication of nanostructures, and the design and applications of various electron microscopes (SEM and TEM), scanning probe microscopes (SPM).

In the second half of the course the focus is directed to application of nanoscale phenomena in products, e.g. sensors and functional surfaces being some examples. Some examples within the biochemical and pharmaceutical fields will be given, fx bio-chip based DNA-analysis.

During the course you will participate in a series of simple hands on experiments, demonstration various nanoscale phenomena.


The course is based on lecture notes and research papers. This material is electronically available.


Guest lectures by Ulla Vogel on nanotoxicology and Anders Baun on ecotoxicology

Green challenge participation:

This course gives the student an opportunity to prepare a project that may participate in DTU's Study Conference on sustainability, climate technology, and the environment (GRØN DYST). More information http://www.groendyst.dtu.dk/english


Kristian Mølhave , Building 345B, Ph. (+45) 4525 6395 , kristian.molhave@nanotech.dtu.dk
Maria Dimaki , madi@nanotech.dtu.dk
Ulla Vogel
Anders Baun


33 Department of Micro and Nanotechnology

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Last updated: 30. april, 2015