cod. 1006217

Academic year 2016/17
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Fisica sperimentale (FIS/01)
Sperimentale applicativo
Type of training activity
62 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

Provide a global overview to understand the state of the art, and the potential developments in molecular nanotechnology. (1st and 2nd Dublin descriptor)

Provide the necessary tools to understand the main issues and choose the most suitable experimental techniques.
Conduct experiments independently, as well as communicate and discuss properly the results obtained. (3rd, 4th and 5th Dublin descriptor)



Course unit content

This course will develop some aspects of laboratory techniques for the production and characterization of selected families of nanostructures.

Focus shall be on the following research techniques:

- Optical techniques: fundamentals of spectroscopy micoRaman,
and (epi) fluorescence,
- Ellipsometry and Brewster angle microscopy
- Electron microscopy SEM and SEM-EDX
- Scanning force microscopy (AFM and its relatives)
- Mechanical properties in 2D and 3D (MPT, ISR, rheometry in general)
- Elements of advanced spectroscopy, based on scattering of synchrotron radiation and neutrons

Full programme


J. Mewis & N. J. Wagner - Colloidal Suspension Rheology - Cambridge Uni Press (2012)

J. Als-Nielsen & D. Mc Morrow - Elements of Modern X-ray Physics - Physics Wiley (2010)

R.H. Tredgold - Order in Thin organic films - Cambridge Uni Press (1994)

S. A. Safran - Statistical Themodynamics of Surfaces, Interfaces, and Membranes -Westview (2003)

Teaching methods

Class lessons. Laboratory teaching

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination based on the laboratory activity and on the corresponding reports

Other information

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