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16-20 April 2018

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The course

This course will present a review of the state of the art of materials structured at the nanoscale. Nanoscale structure in metals, polymers and ceramics can have a marked influence on structure-property relationships with the possibility of providing behaviour not seen in coarser scale structures. In addition certain new classes of materials may also be produced at this size level, for example, carbon nanotubes, graphene and a variety of colloidal structures. The processing and applications of nanomaterials will also be examined along with the requirements and techniques for characterising a range of nanomaterials in isolation and as part of complex systems.

Provisional syllabus

Please note that we reserve the right to alter the syllabus. Any major changes will be notified to delegates before the course starts.


The aim of this course is to introduce the various classes of nanomaterials: ranging from isolated nanostructures, through to nanostructures integrated in bulk materials. The course covers applications ranging from existing commercial nanomaterials found in every day products through to the future generation of nano-enabled products.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course and associated assessment package, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the range and breadth of application of nanomaterials
  • review critically the potential impact, in all classes of materials, of the control of nanostructure
  • describe the methods for the chemical and nanostructural characterisation of such materials and select appropriate techniques for a range of situations
  • outline the nanotechnology production routes currently available
  • identify possible opportunities for nanomaterials in product development and enhancement

Who should attend

The course is directed at engineers and scientists who require a thorough grounding in the benefits of nanomaterials and related technology.  These are applicable to a wide range of industrial scenarios.  The course provides an ideal opportunity to review the scope and applicability of the currently available and emerging nano-structured materials.  While the course is open to all, a scientific or engineering education to degree level, or a higher education qualification in physics or chemistry is desirable.

Lecture topics

  • Nanomaterials: past, present and future
  • Materials characterisation at the nanoscale
  • Top down and bottom up manufacture of nanomaterials
  • Carbon Nanotubes, graphene and other species
  • Nanometallics
  • Nanoceramics
  • Waterborne Polymer Nanoparticles & Composite Particles
  • Applications & Properties of Nanocomposite Films & Nanoparticles
  • Dispersion of Nanoparticlulates in Polymers
  • Mechanical Properties of Nanoreinforced Polymers
  • Nanolayers at Polymer/Metal Interfaces
  • Self Assembled Monolayers
  • Nano-assisted manufacturing
  • Nanostructured Coatings for Wear Resistant applications
  • Applications of nanomaterials
  • Nano-sensors & Biosensors

Recommended background reading

The module is supported by extensive printed notes, including many references.

Text book provided:
Understanding Nanomaterials by Malkiat S.Johal

Further recommended reading includes:
MITURA, S (editor) ‘Nanotechnology in Materials Science.' Elsevier Science BV, Amsterdam, 2000.
YING, J.Y. (editor) 'Nanostructured Materials.' Academic Press, London, 2001.

Course Director

The Course Director is Professor Robert Dorey.

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Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences
University of Surrey