Single-Course English 10 ECTS

Physics and technology of two-dimensional materials

Overall Course Objectives

The goal of the course is to (1) give you a good understanding of the most important and often quite unique properties of graphene and other 2D materials, (2) an overview of current graphene research as well as the ability to view it in critical light, as well as (3) sufficent knowledge to be able to write a detailed, technical research application, describing and arguing for an idea, in addition accounting for how it may be carried out in practice, (4) understanding of the practical application of 2D materials.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe key structural/chemical/mechanical concepts of graphene and use them in problem solving
  • Describe key electronic concepts of graphene and use them in problem solving
  • Describe key photonic concepts of graphene and use them in problem solving
  • Explain how graphene can be synthesized and fabricated to a working device
  • Analyse possible graphene applications in terms of feasibility and relevance
  • Discuss differences and similarities of graphene and other two-dimensional nanomaterials
  • Select, refine, qualify and and describe an idea for a research project based on the theoretical and practical knowledge learned in the course.
  • Write a technical research proposal related to graphene or other 2D nanomaterials
  • Present an research article, critically, evaluate its relevance, novelty and quality, and formulate review discussion questions for a research article

Course Content

In the course you will learn about the structural/chemical, mechanical, electronic, photonic properties, and fabrication and applications, primarily of graphene, but also other two-dimensional materials, such as boron nitride and molybdenum disulfide.
With combined theoretical, practical and communicative activities the course seeks to enable you to participate in a research project or collaboration on graphene research at a high level, irrespective of whether you are oriented towards theoretical or practical problems in your MSc/PhD thesis.

Recommended prerequisites

10104/10112/10303/10036, or equivalent courses.

Teaching Method

The course is comprised of thematic modules (structure, fabrication, electronic and optical properties and applications) ordered to give the best possible pedagogical and logical flow. The teaching is a dynamic mix of lectures, critical reading of articles, invited speakers, discussions, analysis of articles and data, computer as well as manual calculations. 40% of the teaching is in form of group work.


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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 10521
Course type PhD

21.200,00 DKK