This course is part of the programme:
Objectives and competences
Students get to know the meaning of the “nano” in correlation to materials – they understand the meaning of their size in comparison to bulk materials, atoms and molecules. They learn about specific phsyco-chemical properties of nanomaterials and related applications. They learn basic physical techniques and chemical synthesis methods for the preparation of nanomaterials, and basic procedures for surface functionalization and coating of nanomaterials. They get an insight into characterization methods for nanomaterials. They learn basics of colloidal chemistry in correlation to interparticle interactions. This knowledge is further upgraded with the knowledge on the assembly of nanoparticles into complex materials. They are acquainted with safety issues of handling with nanomaterials, specifically with nanoparticles, and their potential toxicity.
Content (Syllabus outline)
1. Definition of nanomaterials
2. Effect of the nano-size on physico-chemical properties of nanomaterials and
comparison with bulk/coarse-grained materials (electrical, magnetic and optical
properties, surface and structural properties, chemical reactivity)
3. Fabrication of nanomaterials (nanoparticles, thin films, complex nanostructures)
with physical techniques (lithography, pulsed laser deposition, electron beam
epitaxy, chemical vapour deposition)
4. Chemical synthesis (coprecipitation, sol-gel, thermal decomposition of organo-
metallic compounds, hydrothermal, sonochemical and microwave synthesis) of
nanomaterials (nanoparticles, thin films)
5. Functionalization and coating of nanomaterials’ surfaces
6. Characterization of nanomaterials (issues related to the nano size)
7. Interactions between nanoparticles with basics of colloidal chemistry
8. Assembly of nanoparticles (self-assembly, directed assembly) into complex
structures (composites, films, bulk materials
9. Application of nanomaterials
10. Nanosafety (toxicity issues and safety precautions for handling with
Intended learning outcomes
Understanding of the meaning of the expression nanomaterials in comparison to bulk materials, atoms and molecules
Understanding of the physico-chemical properties of nanomaterials in comparison to bulk materials, atoms and molecules
Basic knowledge on physical and chemical procedures for the fabrication and synthesis of nanomaterials
Knowledge of basic surface functionalization and coating procedures for nanomaterials
Knowledge of the characterization methods of nanomaterials, the limitations related to their size and interpretation of the results
Knowledge on interparticle interactions and assembly of nanoparticles into complex structures/materials
Insight in the potential applications of nanomaterials
Insight in the safety issues related to handling with nanomaterials, especially with nanoparticles, and their potential toxicity.
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- M.-I. Baraton, “Synthesis, Functionalization and Surface Treatment of
Nanoparticles” American Science Publications, 2003.
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- M. Hosokawa, K. Nogi, M. Naito and T. Yokoyama (Eds.), “Nanoparticle Technology
Handbook“, Elsevier BV., 2008
- R. F. Probstein, “Physicochemical Hydrodynamics“, John Wiley & Sons, 2003
- F. Caruso (Ed.), “Colloids and Colloid Assemblies“, Wiley-VCH, 2006
- B. Fadeel, A. Pietroisti, A. A. Shvedova, “Adverse Effects of Enginnered
Nanomaterials”, Elsevier, 2012
- Up-to-date review articles
- seminar work • participation in laboratory work • oral exam
Doc. dr. Darja Lisjak:
Assistant Professor of Nanosciences at Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School
1. LISJAK, Darja, PLOHL, Olivija, PONIKVAR-SVET, Maja, MAJARON, Boris. Dissolution of upconverting fluoride nanoparticles in aqueous suspensions. RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 27393-27397.
2. LISJAK, Darja, OVTAR, Simona, KOVAČ, Janez, GREGORATTI, Luca, ALEMAN, Belen, AMATI, Matteo, FANETTI, Mattia, MAKOVEC, Darko. A surface-chemistry study of barium ferrite nanoplates with DBSa-modified surfaces. Appl. Surf. Sci., 2014, 305, 366-374.
3. LISJAK, Darja, JENUŠ, Petra, MERTELJ, Alenka. The influence of the morphology of ferrite nanoparticles on the directed assembly into magnetically anisotropic hierarchical structures. Langmuir, 2014, 30, 6588-6595.
4. MERTELJ, Alenka, LISJAK, Darja, DROFENIK, Mihael, ČOPIČ, Martin. Ferromagnetism in suspensions of magnetic platelets in liquid crystal. Nature, 2013, 504, 237-241.
5. LISJAK, Darja, DROFENIK, Mihael. Chemical substitution – an alternative strategy for controlling the particle size of barium ferrite. Cryst. Growth Design, 2012, vol. 12, 5174-5179.
6. LISJAK, Darja, OVTAR, Simona. Directed assembly of BaFe12O19 particles and the formation of magnetically oriented films. Langmuir, 2011, 27, 14014-14024.
University course code: 2ZMA08
Year of study: 2
- Lectures: 20 hours
- Exercises: 10 hours
Course type: mandatory
Languages: slovenian / english
Learning and teaching methods:
lectures, lab work (synthesis, functionalization, interparticle interactions and assembly, assembly, characterization), seminar work