Available in 2017

Course handbook


This course covers the science that underpins Nanotechnology, the development of processes, materials and devices that function on the nanoscale. This course builds on the knowledge developed at PHYS1000 and PHYS2000 level and provides excellent preparation for students interested in Honours in the area of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. A knowledge of solid state physics concepts and ideas.

2. An understanding of the link between solid state physics and nanotechnology.

3. Skills in nanotechnology tools (e.g. scanned probe techniques).

4. An appreciation of the potential societal impact of nanotechnology.


  1. Structure and bonding in solids
  2. Charge transport and mechanisms
  3. Nanostructures and properties
  4. Techniques and devices

Assumed knowledge

PHYS1210 Advanced Physics I & PHYS1220 Advanced Physics II PHYS2170 Quantum Mechanics and Semiconductor Physics & PHYS2260 Electromagnetism PHYS3350 Quantum, Atomic and Molecular Physics

Assessment items

Presentation: Assignment and presentation

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Lab exercises and Lab reports

Formal Examination:

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term