TFY4525 - Bionanotechnology, Specialization Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 100/100

Course content

The course consists of modules at NTNU Nanolab and includes:
- HES course
- SEM course
- Litography
- Microfluidics
- Particle synthesis
- Particle characterization
- Atomic force microscopy
- Spectroscopy (surface plasmon resonance)

Learning outcome

Students should have knowledge of safety aspects related to work in a clean room and nanotechnology research. Students should also have knowledge about the behavior of selected techniques for research in bionanotechnology. Students will have advanced knowledge in the academic domain of selectable themes. Students will have the skills to work in a clean room and within selected parts of nanotechnology and independently make use of selected state-of-the-art experimental techniques to bionanotechnological research and to communicate the content of this in writing. The students are developing their general competence within analysis, critical assessment and written presentation of results obtained by their activity in their course. The students are developing their general competence in health, environment and security.

Learning methods and activities

Training will be given as separate modules at NTNU NanoLab. Each module will contain a theoretical and a practical session. The main focus will be on the practical training since the goal of this course is to teach the students to use selected state-of-the art equipment and experimental techniques for bionanotechnology, like SEM, particle size analyses, surface plasmon resonance, atomic force microscopy, lithographic techniques and microfluidics for bionanotechnology and particle characterization.

For most of the experimental techniques listed above, there will be given a theoretical lecture. In some instances it might be more practical for students to read the background information on their own. In addition to the lecture there will be a practical session in the lab where equipment and techniques will be demonstrated. For selected techniques a practical test will be required. The students must pass the practical test in order to be permitted to use the technique on their own.

The teaching methods and activities within the elective modules may be given as lectures, colloquia, laboratory courses or self studies, written reports and oral presentations. Teaching will be in English if students on international master programmes are attending the course.

Due to the fact that all the laboratory activities and most of the lectures in the course are mandatory, it will be necessary for the students to participate in the teaching activities from the first week of lectures. Even though the formal sign-up date for the course is the same as for all other courses, it will not be possible to pass the course if one has not participated from the first week of lectures. All students are also encouraged to sign up prior to the start of the semester since that will greatly ease the work of organizing the lab groups.

Expected work load in the course is 195-217,5 hours.

Further on evaluation

Requirement for passing the topic: All practical lab assignments and report assignments needs to be conducted satisfactory.

Required previous knowledge

Completed course TFY4330 Nanotools (or equivalent), TFE4177 Semiconductor technology (or equivalent) and TFY4335 Bionanoscience (or equivalent). The course is a part of the curriculum for Nanotechnology study program, specialization Bionanotechnology. Student enrolled in other programs can be admitted depending on capacity and based on qualifications.

Course materials

To be announced at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TFE4575 3.7 01.09.2020
TMT4515 3.7 01.09.2020
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Biophysics and Medical Technology
  • Physics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Work 100/100





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