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Fundamentals of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology

Learn about the application of nanomaterials in civil and environmental engineering.

Fundamentals of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
This course is archived
Estimated 5 weeks
2–3 hours per week
Instructor-led on a course schedule
Optional upgrade available

About this course

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This course will introduce students to the field of nanotechnology with a special emphasis on nanomaterials synthesis, characterizations and their applications in civil and environmental engineering. The specific applications will include, but not limited to, tailoring mechanical property, durability, self-cleaning, self-sealing, self-sensing, energy harvesting and other multi-functionality. It integrates the fields of materials science, civil engineering and electrical engineering. The basic concepts will be discussed including nano-scale effect, process-structure-property relationship, nano- and micro-structure property characterizations, multi-functional materials, nano-device fabrication and their applications for energy harvesting, water infiltrations and environmental sensing. lab will be provided to students enrolled in the course to learn nano and micro-structure characterizations skills.

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What you'll learn

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  • Basic concepts of nanomaterials and nanostructures
  • Crystal structure and materials' properties
  • Nanomaterial fabrication methods
  • Materials characterization techniques

Week 1

  • Nanotechnology Overview
  • Nanotechnology Applications
  • Nanostructures

Week 2

  • Crystal Structure of Solids
  • Bravais Lattice & Unit Cell
  • Crystal Plane & Miller Indices
  • Crystal Defects
  • Crystal Structure on Mechanical Property
  • Electron Transport in Crystals

Week 3

  • Gas Phase Deposition
  • Electrospinning
  • Solid Phase Synthesis: Ball Milling
  • Lithography

Week 4

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Atomic Force Microscope
  • X-ray Diffraction (XRD)

Week 5

  • Electrical Property Characterizations
  • Thermal Property Measurement
  • Thermal Characterization: TGA and DSC
  • Nanoindentation

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Who can take this course?

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