Analysis of Nanomaterials (NANO*2100)

Code and section: NANO*2100*01

Term: Winter 2014

Instructor: Xiaorong Qin


Course Information



Calendar Description

This course provides an in-depth study of the important instruments that have been developed to analyze nanostructured materials. Useful information that is derived from scattering processes involving X-rays, visible light, electrons, and neutrons will be studied. Microscopic techniques such as Atomic Force Microscopy will also be studied because of the nanoscale structural information that they can provide. The study of spectroscopic techniques also forms part of the course. The application of these instruments to lithographic production techniques is also developed.


Xiaorong Qin
MacN 449 (Ext. 53675)


Mon., Wed., Fri. 9:30 – 10:20 am.
Room – MacN 202

Course Materials

  • Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 2nd Edition, by Taylor, Zifiratos and Dubson, 2004
  • Solid State Physics, by Ashcroft and Mermin, 1976
  • Absorption and Scattering of Light by Small Particles, by Bohren and Huffman, 1983


You are required to attend lectures.

Deliverables Weight
Assignments (Penalty for late submission 10% per day) 20%
Laboratory 30%
Mid-term 20%
Final Exam 30%

Major Topics

  • Crystal Lattices
    - basis for understanding (x-ray) diffraction methods;
    - establishing some familiarity with vector algebra.
  • Determination Crystal Structures by Diffraction Methods:
    - generation of x-rays;
    - waves interaction with crystal lattices (picture in reciprocal space); application examples in x-ray powder diffraction.
  • Spectroscopic Methods in Atomic Structural Characterization
    - necessary concepts of quantum mechanics and energy band theory (for UV-vis; Fluorescence labs; STM/STS, SPM; and the introduction of x-ray absorption spectroscopy);
    - introduce concepts of electrodynamics for describing EM boundary conditions (for surface plasma enhanced UV-vis absorption).

Course Policies

Medical Certificate

Not generally required. However, if you miss a TEST or EXAM, then you should see your College Counselor and get a note from him/her.

Collaboration versus Copying

You are encouraged to discuss with others as you learn the material and work on the assignments. However, the work you submit must be your own (your understanding written in your own way) and not a copy of someone else's work.

Academic Misconduct

The University of Guelph takes a serious view of academic misconduct and will severely penalize students, faculty and staff who are found guilty of offenses associated with misappropriation of others' work, misrepresentation of personal performance and fraud, improper access to scholarly resources, and obstructing others in pursuit of their academic endeavors. Each student is assumed to be familiar with the regulations surrounding academic misconducts, as spelled out in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Course Evaluations

The Department of Physics requires student assessment of all courses taught by the Department. These assessments provide essential feedback to faculty on their teaching by identifying both strengths and possible areas of improvement. In addition, annual student assessment of teaching provides part of the information used by the Department Tenure and Promotion Committee in evaluating the faculty member's contribution in the area of teaching. The Department's teaching evaluation questionnaire invites student response both through numerically quantifiable data, and written student comments. In conformity with University of Guelph Faculty Policy, the Department Tenure and Promotions Committee only considers comments signed by students or by choosing "I agree" in question 14 (online process). Your instructor will see all signed and unsigned comments after final grades are submitted. Written student comments may also be used in support of a nomination for internal and external teaching awards.