Syllabus year 2006

Nanovetenskap och nanoteknik – en introduktion

Credits: 5. Grading scale: UG. Compulsory for: N1. Course coordinator: Professor Lars Samuelson,, Fysik, kurslaboratoriet. Assessment: Part 1: Compulsory lab visit with written report, oral examination. Part 2: Compulsory project work with written and oral presentation. Parts: 2. Further information: The course will give the basics for the education of Master of Science in Engineering Nanoscience. Homepage:

This course will offer an overview to the entire education in Engineering Nanoscience and will define and convey the "soul" of the program to the students.

Aim of knowledge: After finishing the course the student shall have a general knowledge in nanoscience and nanotechnology, specifically with regard to interaction between different scientific fields, such as physics and medicine. The student will also have a first insight into gathering research information.

Aim of skill/proficiency: After finishing the course the student shall have developed his/her ability to plan, accomplish, and assess a project as well as being able to present the results both in written and in oral form.

Aim of attitude: The course strives to get the student to:

- develop a feeling of kinship to the course and the group, and learn the value of collaboration within science and technology,

- feel stimulation and inspiration for further studies,

- have a sound knowledge of the close and mutual interplay between technology and science.

The method of instruction will be partly lectures and partly group exercises and projects. A major theme for this introductory course is to highlight inter-disciplinary and important research results in the field from the last 5-10 years. The course will focus on results that have meant important breakthroughs in the four fields that are represented by the four profile paths at the conclusion of the Engineering Nanoscience program, especially with regard to "life sciences" (biology and medicine). Different research areas within nanoscience will be presented in lectures as well as during visits to research environments. The students will be encouraged to actively discuss and reflect on the contents of the course.


Each student will choose a project area to focus their studies on and will, during the rest of the first year, visit and interact with a research department corresponding to the selected project. This project, consisting of literature studies and gathering research information, may be performed as a group activity. The project will result in a written report that will be presented orally at a symposium, where the students will inform each other about the entire field.

Ratner, M.A:"Nanotechnology - a gentle introduction to the next idea", Prentice Hall, 2002, ISBN: 0131014005.


Code: 0106. Name: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Compulsory lab visit with written report, oral examination. Contents: See main course.

Code: 0206. Name: Symposium on Nanoscience.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Compulsory project work with written and oral presentation. Contents: See main course.