Nanotechnology (TRIBOS+)

Year & Semester

1.Year - summer semester

Course Points


Contact Information

prof. dr. Mitjan Kalin

Course Overview

The course is held within the scope of the joint European Masters programme TRIBOS. Course goals:

  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.



[1] ​L.Theodore: Nanotechnology- basic calculations for engineers and scientists, Wiley-Interscience,  New York, USA, 2006.

[2] B. Rogers, J. Adams, S. Pennathur: Nanotechnology-understanding small systems, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2008.

[3] B. Bhushan (Ed): Handbook of Nanotechnology, Springer, 2nd ed., Berlin Heidelberg New York, 2007.

[4] H. Ibach: Physics of surfaces and interfaces, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York, 2006.

[5] B. Bhushan (Ed): Nanotribology and Nanomechanics, Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, 2005.