Masters (MSc) course in nanoscale science and technology

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.


Chemical patterning of a polymer film.

Above: Chemical patterning of a polymer film.
Böltau et al. Nature 391 877 (1998).

Module 6: Macromolecules at interfaces and structured organic films (PHY6006)

This module covers the principles of surface and interface chemistry. It includes techniques for surface manipulation, coatings and non-lithographic pattern methods; inorganic/organic hybrid interfaces; interaction of fluids with natural and patterned surfaces.


Fluorescence of polymers and polymer additives.

Above: Fluorescence of polymers and polymer additives.

Module 7: Organic Semiconductors (PHY6007)

This module covers the physics and applications of low-molecular and polymeric organic semiconductors. The first part of the module will discuss how semiconducting properties can arise in organic materials, and the issues of light absorption and emission, charge injection, and charge transport in organic semiconductors, as well as the processing of organic semiconductors. The second part of the module will discuss current and future devices based on organic semiconductors: photocopiers, synthetic metals, organic transistors, organic light emitting devices and organic photovoltaics.


A concept rotor driven by ATP.

Above: Existing cellular machinery driven by biochemicals such as ATP can serve as templates for new nanotech devices.

Module 8: Bio-nanotechnology (CMNS5800)

This module covers: interactions of biological molecules with surfaces; manipulation of bio-molecules on surfaces; transduction and control of materials and information through biological interfaces; bilayers; bioelectronics; biosensors.


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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