Learn how microscopic particles are manipulated to develop nanoscale materials for diverse applications across a wide range of scientific fields.

Course CodeBIT208
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
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Explore Nanotechnology and it's Applications.

Understand the nature and scope of nano technologies:

  • What they are
  • How structures and systems can work on a micro scale
  • Practical applications across a wide range of industries
Study the way we can design and produce of devices and structures in nanoscale of 1 to 100-nanometre dimensions. 

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Nanotechnology
    • History of Nanotechnology
    • Applications
    • Food Security
    • Medicine
    • Energy
    • Automotive
    • Environment
    • Electronic
    • Textiles & Cosmetics
    • Future
    • Passive Structures
    • Active Structures
    • Nanosystems
    • Perfect Molecular Nanosystems
    • Space Elevators
  2. Atomic and Subatomic Particles
    • Matter
    • Forms
    • Properties
    • Nanoscale
    • Elements
    • Structure of an Atom
    • Subatomic Particles
    • Atom Models
    • Molecules
    • Chemical Bonding
    • Ionic Bonds
    • Covalent Bonds
    • Hydrogen Bonds
    • Polar Bonds
    • Monomers and polymers
    • Monomers
    • Polymers
  3. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
    • History
    • Photons - Quantisation of Light
    • Atoms & Electrons
    • Quantum Numbers & Orbitals
    • Nuclei
  4. Types of Nanoparticles
    • Carbon-Based Nanoparticles
    • Ceramics Nanoparticles
    • Metal Nanoparticles
    • Semiconductor Nanoparticles
    • Polymeric Nanoparticles
    • Lipid-Based Nanoparticles
    • Properties of Nanoparticles
    • Electronic and Optical Properties
    • Magnetic Properties
    • Mechanical Properties
    • Thermal Properties
    • Synthesis of Nanoparticles
    • Carbon Nanotubes
    • Types
    • Structure
    • Inorganic Nanotubes
    • Nanowires
    • Types
  5. Nanofabrication
    • Nanotubes and Nanowires
    • Fabrication: Top-down method
    • Etching
    • Lithography
    • Exfoliation
    • Fabrication: Bottom-up method
    • Arc Discharge
    • Chemical Vapour Deposition
    • Physical Vapour Deposition
    • Self-Assembly
    • Nucleation Growth
  6. Nanocircuitry and Semiconductors
    • Types of materials
    • Insulators
    • Conductors
    • Semiconductors
    • Band Theory
    • Energy diagrams
    • Current in semiconductors
    • Covalent bonding in silicon
    • Electrons and Holes
    • Types of semiconductors
    • Doping
    • N type semiconductor
    • P type semiconductor
    • PN junction
    • Semiconductor devices
    • Diode
    • Transistor
    • Applications
  7. Applications - Improving Energy Use
    • Energy Sources
    • Energy Conversion
    • Energy Distribution
    • Energy Storage
    • Energy Utilisation
  8. Biomedical Applications
    • Human Toxicity
    • Applications
    • Bioimaging
    • Biosensors
    • Dentistry
    • Drug & Gene Delivery Using Nanotechnology
    • Magnetic Hyperthermia
    • Medical Devices
    • Photoablation Therapy
    • Sepsis
    • Tissue Engineering
  9. Applications – Environment and Agriculture
    • Agriculture
    • Environmental Impact
    • Ecotoxicology of nanoparticles
    • Titanium dioxide
    • Reversing Desertification
    • Risk Assessment

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Discuss and define nanotechnology, including size, scale, and common applications.
  • Explain the nature of atomic and subatomic particles in the context of nanotechnology.
  • Explain the basics of quantum mechanics including how electrons spin.
  • Explain types of nanoparticles, their properties and how they are made along with some of their applications in industry.
  • Explain how the fabrication of nanomaterials works and the different material types produced.
  • Discuss how nanocircuitry differs from traditional circuitry, its relationship to semiconductors and some of its applications in industry.
  • Explain how nanotechnology and nanomaterials are changing and improving how we generate, store, and utilise energy.
  • Explain the current and developing uses of nanotechnology in the biomedical field.
  • Explain the applications of nanoparticles to the environment and agriculture.

Nanoscience is the study of structures and molecules on the very small scales of nanometres, and the technology that utilizes it in practical applications such as devices is called nanotechnology.

This futuristic branch of science has the potential to make another industrial revolution in many fields. In fact, many products that are currently on the market and in daily use, make use of nanoscale materials and processes in their production. Nano tech has applications in many industries including food security, medicine, energy, textiles, cosmetics, environmental management etc.


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