Synthesis and Characterization of Nanomaterials II (NANO*2100)

Code and section: NANO*2100*01

Term: Winter 2018

Instructor: Miranda Schmidt


Course Information


Name Office Email
Miranda Schmidt MACN 330 (ext. 53985)


Monday, Wednesday, Friday
11:30 am – 12:20 pm
MACN 434

Office Hours

TBA and by appointment, please email.

Laboratory Technician

Name Office Email
Jay Leitch SCIE 2107 (ext. 56262)


8:30 – 11:20 am
SCIE 2109/2110

Office Hours

TBA and by appointment, please email.

Course Website

Lecture notes, problem sets, and supplementary materials will be available on CourseLink.

Course Calendar Description

The structural, mechanical, and electronic properties of matter will be discussed. Topics will include methods to fabricate nanostructured materials such as nanoparticles, nanocomposites, thin films, polymers and ferrofluids, as well as techniques that have been developed to analyze these materials, including scattering, microscopy and spectroscopy. Prerequisite(s): NANO*2000

Major Concepts

  • Crystal Lattices: (real-space and reciprocal space)
    – basis for understanding (X-ray) diffraction methods;
    – basis for the energy band theory for condensed matters – establishing some familiarity with vector algebra.
  • Determination Crystal Structures by Diffraction Methods:
    – generation of X-rays;
    – waves interaction with crystal lattices (pictured 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 an introduction to X-ray absorption spectroscopy);
    – introduction to concepts of electrodynamics for describing EM boundary conditions (for surface plasma enhanced UV-vis absorption).

Learning Resources

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


Week Topic Assessments Laboratory
Week 1: Jan 8-12 Introduction to the course, Bravais and crystal lattices   Check in
Week 2: Jan 15-19 Lattices – Basis and reciprocal lattice   Lab – Jan 18
Week 3: Jan 22-26 Brillouin zone, lattice planes, Miller indices   Lab – Jan 25
Week 4: Jan 29 – Feb 2 X-rays, single crystal diffraction Assignment 1 Due Lab – Feb 1
Week 5: Feb 8-12 Powder diffraction, intro to quantum mechanics   NO LAB
Week 6: Feb 12-16 Bohr H atom, uncertainty principle   Lab – Feb 15
Week 7: Feb 26- Mar 2 Schrödinger equation, state functions Assignment 2 Due Lab – Mar 1
Week 8: Mar 5-9 Tunneling, expectation values Midterm NO LAB
Week 9: Mar 12-16 Energy band theory, density of states   Lab – Mar 15
Week 10: Mar 19-23 STM/STS, semiconductors of nanoparticles   NO LAB
Week 11: Mar 26-30 Two atom system, 1D/2D lattice band structure
NO CLASS March 30th
Assignment 3 Due Lab – Mar 29
Week 12: Apr 2-6 Graphene, field-effect transistor Assignment 4 Due Cleanup

Course Assessments

Assessment Details Weight
Participation   5%
Assignments 4 total, deadlines throughout semester 15%
Laboratory   30%
Midterm March 5 20%
Final Exam April 12, 2:30-4:30 pm, Room: TBA 30%
Total   100%


There will be four (4) homework assignments:

  • Homework 1: Friday, February 2
  • Homework 2: Monday, February 26
  • Homework 3: Wednesday, March 28
  • Homework 4: Friday, April 6


For details please refer to the laboratory manual on CourseLink.

Midterm examination

Monday, March 5. The midterm is worth 20% of the total course grade.

Final examination

Friday, April 12, 2:30 – 4:30 pm, location TBA. The final exam is cumulative and is worth 30% of the total course grade.

Late Assignments

The penalty for late assignments is a 10% deduction per day.

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