Functional Nanomaterials

Course Code: B33002Y

Course Name: Functional Nanomaterials

Credits: 2.0

Level: Undergraduate

Pre-requisite:Fundamentals of Chemistry

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Course Description

Because of its special structure and function, the nanomaterial has a broad prospect in different application fields. The main tasks of this course are to introduce the unique nanometer effect of materials on the nanometer scale, to introduce the basic knowledge of preparation, characterization methods, and application of nanomaterials, and to enhance students’ understanding of relationships among preparation, structure and property of material. With the typical application of nanomaterials in the fields of light, electricity, magnetism etc. the latest progress and research hotspot of nano functional materials will be introduced. The purpose is to cultivate students' ability to learn and use reference data, strengthen students' professional ideas, stimulate students' interest in learning chemistry, and comprehensively improve students' overall quality.

The total class hours of this course is 40. Based on the special effects of nanomaterials and special needs of specific application areas, this course pays much attention to the understanding of the structure design and performance optimization of materials, and strengthens the study of special surface/interface effect on micro scale.

Topics and Schedule

1. Introduction (3 hrs)

1.1. Background of nanotechnology

1.2. Cross application area of nanotechnology

1.3.Development trends and challenges of nanotechnology

1.4. Status and Prospect of nanomaterials

2. Basic Properties of Nanomaterials (3 hrs)

2.1. Basic effect of nanometer scale

Energy level splitting, quantum size, small size, surface effect, dielectric confinement, etc.

2.2. Physical characteristics and application characteristics of nanostructured materials

Light, electricity, magnetism, heat, etc.

2.3. Basic chemical properties of nanostructured materials

Defects, adsorption, rheology, etc.

3. Typical Nanostructures and Nanomaterials (6 hrs)

3.1.Overview: nanostructured materials

3.2. Zero dimensional nanostructures: nanoparticles

3.3. One dimensional nanostructures: nanowires and nanorods

3.4. Two dimensional nanostructures: Thin Films

3.5. Three dimensional nano composite structure: micro nano composite structure and assembly

3.6. Special nanostructures: mesoporous, core-shell structure, carbon based materials

4. Method of Preparation of Nanomaterials (6 hrs)

4.1.Overview of the synthesis method: Top down & Bottom up

4.2.Typical top down synthesis: etching, etc.

4.3. Typical top down synthesis methods: deposition, etc.

4.4.Typical up Bottom synthesis: crystallization kinetics control, etc.

4.5. Typical up Bottom synthesis: template control, etc.

5. Characterization Methods of Nanomaterials (6 hrs)

5.1. Overview of characterization methods

5.2. XRD ray diffraction (XRD)

5.3. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)

5.4. Transmission electron microscope (TEM)

5.5. Scanning probe microscopy (SPM)

5.6. Characterization of typical physical and chemical properties (optical, mechanical and electrical properties)

6. Application of Nanomaterials (3 hrs)

6.1. Overview of application field

6.2. Molecular electronics and nano-electronics

6.3. Nanobiology

6.4. Photonic crystals

6.5. Nanomechanics

7. Nano Catalytic Functional Materials (6 hrs)

7.1. Overview of the catalytic process

7.2. The advantages of nano catalysis

7.3. Challenges of nano catalysts

7.4. Design and application of typical catalytic system and nano structure

8. Nanomaterials and Lithium Ion Batteries (II) (7 hrs)

8.1. Overview of lithium ion batteries

8.2. Advantages of nano materials in different lithium ion battery systems

8.3. Limitations of the application of nano materials

8.4. Design of nano electrode in lithium ion battery

8.5. Typical nanomaterials (positive and negative electrodes) in lithium ion batteries

8.6. New type secondary battery system and nano materials


Zhang Lide, Mou Jimei, Nano materials and nano structures, Science Press.


[1]   Guozhang Cao, Ying Wang, Nanostructures and Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Properties and Applications (2nd edition). Beijing: Higher Education Press,2012. (Chinese Version)

[2]   Geoffrey A. Ozin, The Royal Society of Chemistry: Nanochemistry: a chemical approach to nanomaterials (2nd edition), Science Press. 2014 (Chinese Version).

[3]   E. J. Moniz, Nanotechnology for the Energy Challenge (2nd edition), , 2013, John Wiley & Sons