TMT4320 - Nanomaterials


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Hjemmeeksamen 100/100 4 hours

Course content

The course should give a basic introduction to chemical and physical principles in the synthesis of inorganic nanostructured materials. In addition, basic principles of finite size effects will be covered. The course will also cover different methods for synthesis and characterization of different nanostructures and nanostructured bulk materials. Prerequisites include general knowledge in chemistry, physics and material science. The course forms the basis for teaching in TKP4190 Fabrication and Applications of Nanomaterials.

Learning outcome

After completion of the course the student should be able to:
- Qualitatively describe how the nanoparticle size can affect the morphology, crystal structure, reactivity, and electrical properties.
- Describe several synthesis methods for fabrication of inorganic nanoparticles, one-dimensional nanostructures (nanotubes, nanorods, nanowires), thin films, nanoporous materials, and nanostructured bulk materials, and also could describe how different lithography methods can be used for making nanostructures. The student should have a theoretical background within synthesis/fabrication of nanomaterials which makes he/she prepared for later literature studies and laboratory work within the field.
- Perform simple geometric calculations of surface energy, coordination number, and volume fraction related to nanoscale properties and synthesis, and also simple chemical calculations related to synthesis.
- Use the acquired knowledge to evaluate which synthesis methods that can be best suited for fabricating nanostructured materials of various inorganic compounds (metals, semiconductors, oxides, fullerenes) and constructions of these.
- Consider the basic ethical, health-related and environment-related concerns encountered with respect to nanoparticles and nanomaterials in general.

Learning methods and activities

The teaching is based on lectures and exercises. 6 out of 12 exercises have to be approved to be able to take the final written examination. The final grade is based on a written exam at the end of the semester. The result for the exam is assigned a letter grade.
Expected time to spend on this course: Lectures: 70 hours, Exercises: 30 hours, Self study: 100 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mid term exam
  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

To be announced at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Nanotechnology
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Hjemme-eksamen (1) 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Hjemme-eksamen 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen. Please note that the exam form has changed as a preventive measure in the ongoing corona situation.

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