Year & Semester

2.Year - winter semester

Course Points


Contact Information

Urban Klanjšček

Course Overview

Course scope:

  1. Introduction to nanotechnologies: the definition of concepts, examples and overview of the field, nano vs. macro, examples from the nature.
  2. The fundamental principles of nanoworld: physical principles of materials on the macro and nano level, the effects of scale transformation, the significance of surface.
  3. Building and assembling nanostructures: the up-to-bottom principles, bottom-up principles, examples and characteristics of established processes, self-organisation of films.
  4. Characterisation of nanostructures: optical methods, bright and dark field principle, fluorescent method, electronic microscope, scanning electron microscopy, diffraction methods, emission methods.
  5. Nanomaterials: nanostructured materials, nanocomposites, layered nanocomposites, nanocristals, amorphous nanomaterials, nanoparticles, fullerenes, nanotubes, nanowires, nanolayers, hybrid nanoparticles, colloidal suspensions, smart materials, molecular identification and differentiation, nanosensors.
  6. Properties of nanomaterials: nanomechanical properties and other physical properties, adsorption, surface energy, wettability, boundary surface nanofilms, structure, reactions, properties, influence, significance. nanotribology.
  7. The fundamentals of nanoscale modeling: fundamental principles, molecular dynamics, models spanning multiple scales.
  8. Health and legal aspects: the risks of nanotechnologies, protection, legal and other statutory regulations.
  9. Examples, concepts, application and development of nanotechnologies: MEMS/NEMS, nanomanufacturing, nanofluids, lubricants and lubrication, surface films, nanomechanics, energy, construction, electronics, optics, textile industry, biology, medicine, nanometerial synthesis.

The course will be held in this form until 2022, then it will continue within the scope of the updated study programme.


[1] L.Theodore: Nanotechnology - Basic Calculatuions for Engineers and Scientists, Wiley-Interscience,  2006.
[2] B. Rogers, J. Adams, S. Pennathur: Nanotechnology - Understanding small systems, CRC Press, 2008.
[3] B. Bhushan (Ed): Handbook of Nanotechnology, Springer, 2007.
[4] H. Ibach: Physics of surfaces and interfaces, Springer, 2006.
[5] B. Bhushan (Ed): Nanotribology and Nanomechanics, Springer, 2005.


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