INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Genetics and Bioengineering
20152016
SYLLABUS 
Code 
Name 
Level 
Year 
Semester 
GBE 321 
Nanotechnology and Nanosensors 
Undergraduate 
3 
Spring 
Status 
Number of ECTS Credits 
Class Hours Per Week 
Total Hours Per Semester 
Language 
Area Elective 
5 
2 + 2 
125 
English 
This course will introduce students to the rapidly developing field of nanoscience with special focus on their electronic properties, basic phenomena and ideas of nanoscience and nanosensors, physics and technology of nanoengineered materials and devices, semiconductor nanostructures, nanotubes and nanowires, molecular electronics, and applications in nanoelectronics, quantum computing, nanobiology and nanomedicine. Special lectures about nanosensors and their application are given at the end of the semester. 
COURSE OBJECTIVE 
Giving an outline of basic concepts of nanostructures.
Introduction to the rapidly developing field of nanoscience with special focus on their electronic properties.
Explaining fundamental aspects of the electronic properties of these materials.
Teaching fabrication processes and applications.
Illustrating nanosensors in practice. 
COURSE CONTENT 
 Introduction to the basic phenomena and ideas of nanoscience and nanotechnology
 An overview of basic concepts of nanostructures
 A selfcontained introduction to quantum mechanics
 Introduction to science necessary to understand the matter at the “nano” scale
 A selective survey of nanostructured materials
 Properties and application of quantum dots and quantum wells
 The tools for characterization of nanostructures
 MIDTERM EXAM WEEK
 Smart materials based on nanostructures; examples of existing applications and potential new ones
 Applications in (nano)electronics, (quantum) computing, (nano)biology, and (nano)medicine
 Introduction to basic principles of sensors
 Introduction to nanosensors
 Nanosensor division
 Application of nanosensors
 Practical examples of nanosensors

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN 
 Beginning of classes
 Introduction to nanotechnology
 Basic phenomena and ideas of nanoscience and nanotechnology
 Basic concepts of nanostructures
 Nanostructured materials
 Quantum dots and quantum wells

 Characterization of nanostructures
 MIDTERM EXAM WEEK
 Smart materials based on nanostructures
 Introduction to sensors
 Introduction to nanosensors
 Application of nanosensors
 Practical examples
 Preparation for practical exam
 Practical exam from lab course

Description 
 Interactive Lectures
 Practical Sessions
 Presentation
 Discussions and group work

Description (%) 
Midterm Exam(s)  1  25  Presentation  1  25  Final Exam  1  50 

Learning outcomes 
 Recognize state of the art developments in the field of nanotechnology
 Compare common themes across nanotechnology
 Distinguish various individual nanotech implementations
 Solve the quantum confinement equations which lead to reduced dimensionality
 Analyze various modern technologies used in nanotechnology to grow bulk crystals, thin films, and nanoscale quantum structures, including the epitaxy of semiconductors
 Argue optical and electronic properties of semiconductor nanostructures such as quantum wells and quantum dots
 Manipulate and calculate physical parameters related to nanotechnology, such as mean free paths and phase coherence lengths
 Explain the effect of the reduced dimensionality on the electronic charge transport

TEXTBOOK(S) 
 Lindsay, S. M. (2009). Introduction to Nanoscience. Pap/Cdr edition. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD 
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)  15  2  30  Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)  15  2  30  Midterm Examination (1 week)  1  2  2  Final Examination(1 week)  1  2  2  Preparation for Midterm Examination  1  14  14  Preparation for Final Examination  1  15  15  Assignment / Homework/ Project  1  16  16  Seminar / Presentation  1  16  16 
