Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the building blocks and processes involved in fabrication of nanomaterials. In particular, students will develop a critical understanding the relationship between synthesis and resultant material’s properties. Upon completion of this course, students will have attained the appropriate foundation knowledge for future courses in the program.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain the mechanisms and key features of current and emerging processing techniques employed to fabricate nanomaterials.

2. Organise and communicate complex information following professional scientific communication standards.

3. Use scientific methods and literature to evaluate nanomaterial synthesisation techniques.

4. Select and justify the use of fabrication techniques given a lists of requirements and constraints.


  1. Atomic structure, bonding, and phase of materials
  2. Solid state reaction (calcination)
  3. Activation cum calcination
  4. Hydrothermal reaction
  5. Soft and hard templating
  6. Soft-chemical reaction
  7. Advanced synthetic procedure for synthesizing low dimensional nanomaterials
  8. Scientific communication for industry
  9. Managing and synthesising research literature

Assumed knowledge

Fundamental knowledge of Physics or Chemistry.

Assessment items

Quiz: Processing Techniques Quiz

Written Assignment: Synthesisation Survey Report

Proposal / Plan: Fabrication Recommendations Proposal

Formal Examination: Final Exam

Contact hours



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


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

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