Single-Course English 10 ECTS

Nanosystems engineering

Overall Course Objectives

In the course you will learn how to use your basic knowledge of physics to analyse and design nanosystems, and to evaluate how they can be used in practice. You will learn how the different physical properties of nanostructures can be exploited to find better technological solutions.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyse the conductivity of a nanomaterial based on THz spectroscopic data
  • Calculate mechanical, surface and simple electronic properties of carbon nanomaterials and evaluate their consequence for specific devices.
  • Describe the formation and applications of ferroelectric and ferroelastic domain structures
  • Analyse how a biological field effect transistor (BIO-FET) can be used in biological analyses and evaluate the governing parameters
  • Analyse the behaviour of DNA molecules confined in nanofluidic channels
  • Describe optothermal actuation in nanofluidic devices
  • Describe optical properties of structured materials.
  • Analyse the properties of surface plasmons
  • Analyse nano and biosystems using data from insitu transmission electron microscopy

Course Content

In this course you learn about nanosystems; how they work and how they can be applied in practice.

A “nanosystem” is a system, for which the function depends on one or more of its compnents having feature sizes in the 1-100 nanometer range. To be able to design and create a nanosystem, you will work with the physical properties of the nanostructures as well as their function when integrated in a system.

The course is closely connected to today’s and future applications of nanotechnology within the key areas of (1) carbon-based nanosystems, (2) biological nanosystems, (3) nanooptical systems and (4) nanofluidic systems, (5) electron microscopy of nanosystems and biological materials and (6) ferroelectric/elastic nanosystems. The topic of nanosafety and nanotoxicology will also be briefly discussed.

The course is a dynamic and interactive combination of lectures, discussions, small projects and exercises, where you will be challenged in many different ways.

Through six home assignments you will work closer with the material, and familiarise yourself with sometimes complex problems and their importance for selected nanosystems.

Recommended prerequisites

10033/10036/10317/22600/10102/34020, or equivalent courses

Teaching Method

Lectures as well as exercises solved during the lectures and at home.


Limited number of seats

Minimum: 10, Maximum: 40.

Please be aware that this course has a minimum requirement for the number of participants needed, in order for it to be held. If these requirements are not met, then the course will not be held. Furthermore, there is a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Health Tech
Course code 10321
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Mon 13-17, Thurs 8-12

15.000,00 DKK

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