2022 Characterization of Nanomaterials b

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Nakamura Yoshio  Shi Ji 
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Course description and aims

【Abstract】Functions and properties of nanomaterials strongly depend on their size and structure. Therefore nanoscopic observation methods are indispensable. Recent progress of observation tools made numbers of new discoveries in nanomaterials. To obtain maximum performance of the measurement tools and to avoid errors, method should be well understood and properly selected. In this course, various nano-measurement methods are introduced with application examples.
【Object】 The objective of this course is to understand the nano material and nano-measurement methods, i.e. electron microscopy and low-dimensional materials are explained in the first half of the course and spectroscopic methods, 2D-3D materials, molecular machines in the last half.

Student learning outcomes

【Purpose】 Students acquire basic knowledge of nanoscopic measurement methods through application examples. After the course, students will be able to select proper measurement tools depending on the research purpose.
【Theme】 Special focuses are made on electron microscopy, diffraction, spectroscopic methods. Students will fully understand these tools and will be able to perform the data analysis.


Nanomaterials, Nanoparticles, Nanosheet, Molecular Machines, Electron Microscopy, Scanning Probe Microscopy, Diffraction, Spectroscopy

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

attendance is mandatory

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Microscopy and diffraction Revisit of basic imaging and diffraction through lens optics
Class 2 Transmissionl electron microscope Introduce basic mechanism of transmission electron microscopy
Class 3 Scanning transmissionl electron microscope Introduce basic mechanism of scanning transmission electron microscopy
Class 4 Scanning electron microscope Introduce basic mechanism of scanning electron microscopy
Class 5 Zero dimentional materials - Observation of nano particles Structural observation examples of nanoparticles will be shown.
Class 6 Zero dimentional materilas - Characterization of nano magnetic paerticle and nanocrystal Functional nanoparticles, e.g. magnetic/optical nanoparticles are explained.
Class 7 One dimentional materials - Observation of nanotube and naowire Examples of one-dimensional nanomaterials are introduced.
Class 8 Probe microscopy and obserbation of nano surface structure and the functions Surface analysis methods by scanning probe microscopy are introduced.
Class 9 Two dimentional materilas - Nano sheet and graphen Examples of two-dimensional nanomaterials are introduced
Class 10 Two dimentional materilas - Characterization of nano sheet Explain structure of two-dimensional nanomaterials and the characters
Class 11 Three dimentional materials - Structural analysis of bulk nano materilas Explain structure of three-dimentional nano materials and the structural analysis
Class 12 Three dimentional materials - Characterization of bulk nano materilas Explain the characterization of three-dimensional nanomaterials
Class 13 Spectroscopy and NMR Explain the spectroscopy and nuclar magnetic resonance (NMR) of nanomaterilas
Class 14 Molecular machines - Nano structure and mechanical system control Explain the concept of molecular machine and the mechanical system control



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Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluation by exercise in each lecture.

Related courses

  • MAT.M301 : Characterization of Metals and Alloys

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

none required

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

M. Sone(sone.m.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp)
T. Sannomiya(sannomiya.t.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp)

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Held in English every year unless all the students are japanese native.

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