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SCO2045511, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1174, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination FUNDAMENTALS OF NANOSCIENCE
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English, Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GIOVANNI MATTEI FIS/01
Other lecturers STEFANO AGNOLI CHIM/03

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines CHIM/03 General and Inorganic Chemistry 2.0
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines FIS/03 Material Physics 4.0
Core courses CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry 2.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Group didactic activities 0.0 20 0.0 No turn
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 a.a. 2018/19 20/01/2014 30/11/2019 MATTEI GIOVANNI (Presidente)
GRANOZZI GAETANO (Membro Effettivo)
MENEGHETTI MORENO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Quantum Physics (particle in a box, quantum confinement), Solid State Physics (phononic and electronic structures of solids, thermal and optical properties)
Target skills and knowledge: Learning objectives:
- Understanding the basic concepts describing the chemical and physical properties of nanostructured materials and their applications in nanotechnology

- Description of some techniques for the synthesis and characterization of confined nanostructures (nanoclusters) with nanotech application in photonics, plasmonics and magnetism.
Examination methods: The exam is written (duration 2 h) with two open questions and a set of multiple-choice questions.

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The exam is written (duration 2 h) with an open question and an exercise with numerical applications of the learned topics.
Assessment criteria: Students achievements will be evaluated by assessing the student's understanding of the proposed topics and the student's ability to establish links between different topics.

The written reports on the practical laboratories activities will be also evaluated.
Course unit contents: Module A (4 CFU)
- Classification, characteristics and general properties of nanostructured materials: quantum confinement and electronic properties. Size Equations.
Thermodynamic properties of nanostructured materials: thermodynamic size effect, nucleation (Gibbs-Thomson equation) and growth of nanostructures (Diffusion-Limited Aggregation and Ostwald Ripening regimes).
Nanostructures embedded in solid matrices: ion implantation for the synthesis and processing of metallic nanostructures. Verification of the nucleation and growth models.
Optical properties of nanostructured materials: (i) plasmonic properties of metallic nanostructures (Mie theory and its extensions); (ii) quantum confinement and photoluminescence in semiconductor quantum dots
Magnetic properties of nanostructured materials: super-paramagnetism.
Characterization techniques of nanostructures: transmission and scanning electron microscopy in transmission (TEM) and in scanning (SEM) mode.

Module B (4 CFU)
Overview of the preparation methods of nanostructures (both top-down and bottom-up, with particular emphasis on the latter). Structural aspects and energy of nanostructures and methods for their stabilization. Defects in nano dimensional materials. Solid with controlled porosity. Forms of nanoparticles: thermodynamics vs. kinetics. Core-shell nanoparticles. Self-assembly and self-organization. Colloidal method. Templating effect. Preparation of nanoparticles, nanowires, nanotubes, thin films. Self-assembled monolayers. Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodget films. Coherent, semi-coherent, epitaxial and pseudomorphic interfaces. Growth methods for ultrathin films: CVD, MBE, PVD, ALE and PLD methods.

Recall of the fundamental equations for electron and photon dynamics. Material properties for electron and photon confinement. Density of states for confined systems in one, two or three dimensions.
Properties of low dimensional carbon nanostructures: graphene and nanotubes. Tight binding approach for the description of their conduction, optical properties (absorption and emission) and Raman scattering (Kataura plots).
Models for the electron confinement in quantum dots in the weak and strong regime.
Confinement of electrons in metallic nanoparticles and plasmonic properties. Froehlich conditions and far and near field optical properties. SERS effect with plasmonic nanostructures.
Hints on the confinement of photons in photonic crystals.

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Fundamentals of NanoPhysics - MSc Degree in Physics (6 CFU)

Module A will be borrowed by the students of the 'Fundamentals of NanoPhysics' of the MSc. Degree in Physics and complemented by 2 additional CFUs on the following topics:

Fundamental description of the dynamics of electrons and photons
Confinement of electrons and photons in nanostructured or periodic materials:
Photon confinement in photonic crystals
Electron confinement in metal nanoparticles
Electron confinement in semiconductor nanoparticles

Practical laboratory activities: (i) synthesis of Au spherical nanoparticles in solution; (ii) measurement of their UV-VIS transmittance spectrum; (iii) simulation of the experimental spectra with the Mie theory; (iv) electron microscopy characterization.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures will be given by Prof. G. Mattei (Module A) and by Prof. S. Agnoli and Prof. M. Meneghetti (Module B).

Within Module A some practical lab experiences will be carried out on some of the proposed topics (synthesis of Au nanoparticles, their optical characterization and simulation with the Mie theory, their electron microscopy characterization).
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides will be given by the lecturers.
Further readings will be suggested on the textbooks indicated in the section 'Reference Texbooks'
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • R. Kelsall, I. Hamley, M. Geoghegan, Nanoscale Science and Technology. --: J.Wiley& Sons, 2005. (Modulo B) Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Cao, Nanostructures and Nanomaterials. --: Imperial College Press, 2004. (Modulo B) Cerca nel catalogo
  • S. Maier, Plasmonics, fundamentals and applications. --: Springer, 2007. (Modulo A) Cerca nel catalogo
  • C. Bohren, D. Huffmann, Absorption and scattering of light by small particles. --: Wiley-Interscience, 2004. (Modulo A) Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. Prasad, Nanophotonics. --: Wiley-Interscience, 2004. (Modulo A) Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Mathematica

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