TKP4190 - Fabrication and Applications of Nanomaterials


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
project 40/100
School exam 60/100 4 hours E

Course content

The course starts by deriving the thermodynamic driving force and the kinetics of nucleation and growth of nanoparticles by focusing on precipitation from solutions. Different mechanism for nucleation and crystal growth along with strategies to control particle size (distribution) and morphology define the basis for design of different particle populations. The classical crystallization theory is presented as the fundamental theoretical background and recently emerging alternative hypotheses are discussed.

Synthesis and functionalization of metallic and polymeric nanoparticles will be presented with an understanding of how growth can be controlled by tuning synthetic parameters. Functionalization of particle surfaces will be treated to tailor them towards specific applications. Solution based characterization techniques will be discussed from fundamental principles that are relevant for such nanomaterials.

A short introduction to the notation for describing crystalline surfaces and their relevance as catalyst and nanoparticle model systems is included. Experimental principles and new developments for determining surface structure, surface area, and nanoparticle size are introduced. Methods for the fabrication of catalysts and (porous) supports based on precipitation are presented, as well as other methods with relevance for the catalyst nanostructure and microporosity. Relevant examples where the significance of particle and pore size has been shown are given, including that of carbon nanofibres (CNF) fabrication and microporous aluminosilicates (zeolites).

A project work is carried out as a part of the course that involves fabrication and characterization of nanomaterials to endorse the learning outcomes via hands-on, practical experience.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course the students should:

- Understand the basis and driving forces necessary for the production of nanoparticles.

- Describe different mechanisms for nucleation and growth of amorphous and crystalline nanoparticles in relation to the thermodynamic driving force and effective parameters.

- Quantify nucleation and growth rates for nanoparticles.

- Suggest ways of controlling particle size, particle size distribution and morphology based on changes in important system parameters and choice of method.

- Understand how surface functionalization can alter end use/applications of nanomaterials

- Understand the fundamentals of characterization techniques most frequently used for studying nanostructures in solution, as well as nanoparticles and catalytic surfaces.

- Understand the fundamental principles for catalyst fabrication by precipitation, hydrothermal synthesis and use of colloidal particles.

- Give examples of catalytic reaction systems where the significance of particle size and/or the nanostructure has been identified.

- Data analysis and linear regression.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, compulsory exercises and project work.

Further on evaluation

Partial assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The assessment includes a final written exam (60%) and a project work (40%). The results for the parts are given in letter scores, and the entire assessment is assigned a letter grade. Both part must be passed in order to get a grade in the course.

If there is a re-sit examination (due to failed on the exam), the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

For a re-take of an examination (improvement of grade), all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Course materials

Fabrication and Applications of Nanomaterials, S. Bandyopadhyay, Mc Graw Hill;

Crystallization, J.W. Mullin, 4th ed, Elsevier;

Concepts of Modern Catalysis and Kinetics, I. Chorkendorff and J.W. Niemantsverdriet, Wiley.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 60/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD project 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 60/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
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