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.
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,