Course Objective: To learn the fundamental concepts of energy, mass and electron transport in materials confined or geometrically patterned at the nanoscale, where departures from classical laws are dominant.


Introduction: History of nano-revolution, Nano scale materials and their applications, Carbon nano tubes, Organic and inorganic nano structures, Main engineering activities of design, manufacture and testing in nanotechnology context.


Materials:  An overview of the physical (mechanical, electrical) and chemical properties of different classes of solid materials such as metals, semiconductors, insulators and polymers, Focus on different nanomaterials: Carbon nanotubes, inorganic nanowires, organic molecules for electronics, biological and bio-inspired materials, metallic nanomaterials, Different shape nanomaterials, Examples of size effects of properties observed in thin films, colloids and nano-crystals.


Characterization: Photoelectron, Optical and ion spectroscopy and probe microscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM).


Applications: Examples of applications in Micro and nano technology including, Micro fluidics, Micro Electron Mechanical Systems (MEMS) membrane technology, Drug-delivery, Catalysts and coatings.


Course Learning Outcomes (CLO):

1.      Understand and apply basic concepts of nanotechnology and nanoscience

2.      Understand the different nano-materials along with their characterization

3.      Understand the applications of nanomaterials in Chemical Engineering


Recommended Books:

1.      Zikang, T. and Ping, S., NanoScience and Technology: Novel Structures and Phenomena, Taylor and Francis (2003).

2.      Rieth, M.,Nano-Engineering in Science and Technology: An Introduction to the World of Nano design, World Scientific (2003).

3.      Kelsall, R., Hamley, I., and Geoghegan, M., Nanoscale Science and Technology, Wiley (2005).

4.      Ventra, M.D., Evoy, S., and Heflin J.R., Jr., Introduction to Nanoscale Science and Technology, Springer (2004).

5.      Meyyappan, M., Carbon Nanotubes, Science and application; CRCPress (2005).

6.      Watarai, H., Teramae, N., and Sawada, T., Interfacial Nano-chemistry, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press (2005).