Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Nano and Micro Technologies

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Engineering

DESCRIPTION This study-unit first sets definitions for nano and microtechnologies and associated nanomaterials. The necessary tools commonly used to characterize the sub-micro regime are also briefly described with particular attention given to their capabilities. In addition, the student is introduced to several manufacturing techniques capable of producing nano and micro metric features. The underlying chemo-physical phenomena are explained. Several examples of current and near future applications of such materials and technologies are described.

Study-unit Aims:

To provide students with good working knowledge and understanding of:
- the basic concepts of nanotechnology.
- micro and nano materials properties and processes.
- metrology in the nano scale.
- nanoelectronics.
And hence the skills required to pursue a successful career in this domain.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Develop an understanding of the characteristics exhibited by micro and nano scale products in the various application areas.
- Develop an understanding of the issues and methods involved in processing at the micro and nano scale level.
- Acquire basic principles in the design and development of products in the micro and nano scale level.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Apply different and new emerging solutions to engineering problems, taking advantage of the unique properties of nanomaterials.
- Independently select the most appropriate micro-nano manufacturing process required to fabricate a component.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Understanding Nanotechnology, ISBN 0446679569.
- Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology, ISBN 3540012184.
- Nanoscale Materials, ISBN 1402073666.
- Handbook of Microscopy for Nanotechnology, ISBN 1402080034.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 No 25%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Glenn J. Cassar
Pierre Vella (Co-ord.)

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