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Unit 1

Introduction: Introduction to Nanomaterials : Size dependence of properties – Surface to volume ratio and Quantum confinement. Microscopic techniques to study nano structures – SEM, AFM – TEM and STM – Raman spectroscopy.

Synthesis of Nanomaterials : Synthetic approaches: Colloidal Self-Assembly (Selfassembled monolayers – SAMs) and electrostatic self-assembly, electrochemical methods, sol-gel deposition.

Unit 2

Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique, chemical vapour deposition, plasma arcing and ball milling.

Carbon nanostructures : Carbon Clusters: Fullerenes, structure, synthesis, alkali doped C60 – superconductivity in C60, applications of fullerenes. Carbon nanotubes: Classification, properties, synthesis, characterization, and potential applications, growth mechanism of carbon nanotubes.

Other Nanostructures : Quantum Dots: Preparation, properties and applications of Au, CdS and CdSe quantum dots,

Unit 3

Fabrication and applications of conducting polymer nanotubes, TiO2 and metallic nanotubes.

Molecular Electronics and Machines: Molecular electronics: Working of Molecular and supramolecular switches, transistors and wires. Molecular machines: Working of Molecular motors, rotors, cars, elevators and valves.

Text Books

  1. Charles P Poole Jr, Frank J Ovens, “Introduction to Nanotechnology”, Wiley Interscience, (2003).
  2. Alexei Nabok, “Organic and Inorganic Nanostructure”, Artech House, Inc. (2005).
  3. Peter J F Harris, “Carbon Nanotube Science: Synthesis, Properties and Applications”, Cambridge University Press, (2009).
  4. Balzani V, Credi A, Venturi M, “Molecular devices and machines – A journey in to the Nanoworld”, Wiley VCH, (2003).


  • Rao C N R, Muller A, Cheetham A K (Eds.), “The Chemistry of Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Properties and Applications”, WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, (2004).
  • Zhong Lin Wang, “Characterization of nanophase materials”, Wiley VCH, (2000).
  • Massimiliano Di Ventra, Stephane Evoy, James R Heflin, “Introduction to nanoscale science and technology”, Kluwer Academic Publishers, (2004).
  • William A Goddard, III, Donald W Brenner, Sergey Edward Lyshevski and Gerald J. Lafrate, “Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology”, CRC Press, (2003).
  • Balzani V, Credi A, Venturi M, “Molecular devices and machines- A journey in to the Nanoworld” Wiley VCH (2003).
  • Bharat Bhushan, “Hand book of Nanotechnology”, Springer, (2004).

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