The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Over the last 20 years, nanostructured materials, including nanoporous materials and low-dimensional materials (e.g. nanowires, nanotubes, quantum dots) have emerged as exciting materials with many advanced chemical applications. This course explores the synthesis, characterisation and chemistry of such nanostructured materials. Applications of these materials will also be discussed, such as catalysis, energy production, and optoelectronic devices.



    Learning outcomes

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

    1. Describe the synthesis, properties and chemistry of low-dimensional nanostructured materials, including carbon nanomaterials and inorganic nanomaterials;

    2. Compare and evaluate the synthesis, properties and chemistry of nanoporous materials;

    3. Explain the contemporary characterisation techniques and instrumentation used to investigate the structure of nanomaterials;

    4. Utilise various instrumental and computational methods to synthesise and characterise the structure and reactivity of nanostructured materials;

    5. Apply the scientific process in the conduct and reporting of experimental investigations;

    6. Demonstrate an awareness of the safety responsibilities involved in working with chemicals and hazardous substances;

    7. Independently integrate key concepts regarding the synthesis, characterisation and chemistry of nanostructured materials.


    This course involves the study of:

    • Structure and properties of inorganic nanomaterials
    • Synthesis and chemistry of nanoporous materials
    • “Growth” and structure of low-dimensional nanomaterials, including carbon nanomaterials
    • Characterisation techniques for low-dimensional nanomaterials.

    Assumed knowledge

    CHEM2210 and CHEM2410

    Assessment items

    Quiz: Tutorial Quiz

    Report: Laboratory Reports *

    Formal Examination: Formal Examination *

    Written Assignment: Written Assessments

    * This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

    Compulsory Requirements

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

    General Course Requirements:

    • Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - All Scheduled Laboratory Sessions
    • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.

    Course Assessment Requirements:

    • Report: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
    • Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - All submitted and overall mark of 50 or more to pass courses
    • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Mark of 40 or more.

    Contact hours



    Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


    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