Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Genetics and Bioengineering

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

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Almir Badnjević, Assist. Prof. Dr. Almir Badnjevic Almir Badnjević, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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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.

 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.

  1. Introduction to the basic phenomena and ideas of nanoscience and nanotechnology
  2. An overview of basic concepts of nanostructures
  3. A self-contained introduction to quantum mechanics
  4. Introduction to science necessary to understand the matter at the “nano” scale
  5. A selective survey of nanostructured materials
  6. Properties and application of quantum dots and quantum wells
  7. The tools for characterization of nanostructures
  9. Smart materials based on nanostructures; examples of existing applications and potential new ones
  10. Applications in (nano)electronics, (quantum) computing, (nano)biology, and (nano)medicine
  11. Introduction to basic principles of sensors
  12. Introduction to nanosensors
  13. Nanosensor division
  14. Application of nanosensors
  15. Practical examples of nanosensors

  1. Beginning of classes
  2. Introduction to nanotechnology
  3. Basic phenomena and ideas of nanoscience and nanotechnology
  4. Basic concepts of nanostructures
  5. Nanostructured materials
  6. Quantum dots and quantum wells

  1. Characterization of nanostructures
  3. Smart materials based on nanostructures
  4. Introduction to sensors
  5. Introduction to nanosensors
  6. Application of nanosensors
  7. Practical examples
  8. Preparation for practical exam
  9. Practical exam from lab course

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)125
Final Exam150
Total: 100
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
  • Lindsay, S. M. (2009). Introduction to Nanoscience. Pap/Cdr edition. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15230
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15230
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination11414
Preparation for Final Examination11515
Assignment / Homework/ Project11616
Seminar / Presentation11616
Total Workload: 125
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5