Masters (MSc) course in nanomaterials for nanoengineering

Full-time MSc study entails a 12-month programme, split between Leeds and Sheffield campuses. In order to complete the full MSc programme, you must complete the eight lecture modules and a major project, as described below. Each module is valued at 15M (Masters credits), and the project is valued at 60M, giving a total of 180M credits.


Image of a gold nanoparticle.

Above: Image of a gold nanoparticle.

Module 1: Generic methodologies for nanotechnology (CMNS5100)

This module covers the principles of nanostructure production, laboratory preparation and the limitations of materials, including nanoscale fabrication and characterisation technologies, and commissioning as well as working in ultra-clean environments.


Image of a quantum dot.

Above: AFM image of a quantum dot.

Module 2: Inorganic semiconductor nanostructures (PHY6002)

This module covers the physics and technology of semiconductor nanostructures, considering both the present status and possible future trends. It includes ultra-small and low dimensional devices (quantum wire and quantum dot lasers, single electron devices); self-assembly of semiconductor nanostructures; physical processes in semiconductor nanostructures; electronic and optical characterisation techniques for semiconductor nanostructures.


Photograph of equipment used for preparing nanostructures.

Above: Photograph of equipment used for preparing nanostructures.

Module 3: Nanoscale magnetic materials and devices (MAT6390)

This module will review basic magnetic properties, and demonstrate how control of the nanostructure in bulk materials, optimised growth of thin films and multi-layers and nanoscale patterning are opening up new areas of science and technology.


Bismuth oxide precipitate in zinc oxide varistor.

Above: Bismuth oxide precipitate at the grain boundary of a ZnO varistor.
Andy Brown, University of Leeds.

Module 4: Processing and properties of inorganic nanomaterials (CMNS5400)

This module covers the application of the physical principles underlying microstructural control on the nanometre scale to design an appropriate synthesis route for inorganic nanomaterials including: preparation, properties and characterisation of nanostructured materials and nanoparticles; interaction with surfaces; catalysis; applications.


Fibrillar structure formed by the self-assembly of four ribbons of peptides.

Above: Fibrillar structure formed by the self-assembly of four ribbons of peptides.

Module 5: Self-assembling nanostructured molecular materials and devices (CMNS5500)

This module covers the principles of self-assembly, self-organisation and its application to biology. Also covered is phase behaviour, structures and properties of thermotropic and lyotropic liquid crystals, block copolymers, and ordered colloidal dispersions.


Photograph of a student using a spin coater in a clean environment.

Above: Photograph of a student using a spin coater in a clean environment.

Module 6NM: Nanoparticle and thin film technology (CMNS5600)

This module will provide an understanding of methods for producing and characterising nanoparticles and thin films of inorganic materials, hands-on training in synthesising nanoparticles and films, and an appreciation of their potential applications in electronic, biomedical and structural engineering.


A manipulator removing carbon nano-tubes from an ordered felt.

Above: Single carbon-nanotubes being picked up from an aligned CNT-bundle layer by a nano-manipulator.
Image by Yong Peng.

Module 7NM: Nanostructures, nanopatterning and nanomechanics (MAT6720)

This module combines an introduction to nanostructures, such as free-standing nanoobjects or assemblies of these, or nanopores in porous materials, with methods of nanopatterning and nanocharacterisation, including nanometrology and nanomechanical testing.


Cryogenic transmission electron micrograph of polymeric vesicles (Guiseppe Battaglia, University of Sheffield).

Above: Cryogenic transmission electron micrograph of polymeric vesicles (false colour).

Module 8NM: Bionanomaterials (MAT6730)

This module introduces basic concepts of cell and molecular biology, before looking at examples of how biomolecules can be used for designing nano-structures, and the use of these nano-structures in biological and medical applications.


Photograph of a student using a high resolution transmission electron microscope.

Above: Photograph of a student using a high resolution field emission gun (FEG) transmission electron microscope.

Projects

Full-time MSc students take a substantial research-type project during the study period. Projects are generally based in one of the nanoscience/technology research groups at either Leeds or Sheffield University, and involve a structured experimental investigation of a research or development nature.

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