The subject and its expected results respond to the following general planning and objectives:
An extensive control of order at an atomic and molecular level allows the properties of the materials to be optimised and strengthened. Current science and technology allow the manipulation of the material atom by atom or molecule by molecule. Therefore, in this module, different nanostructured materials production techniques will be examined, linking the most appropriate technique in each case to the material we wish to handle and the architecture and end properties of the nanodevice we intend to produce.
Some of these techniques require highly specialised scientific instruments. Zaragoza University and the Aragonese Institutes of Nanoscience (INA) and Science of Materials (ICMA) provide the Master's students with next gen equipment allowing them to acquire abilities and skills in the management of instruments that are of great value on the curriculum of a professional in disciplines within the field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
Context and position of the subject in the qualification:
The objective of this module, together with the “Assembly and Production of Nanostructures” module, is to instruct the student in the different methods available to obtain nanostructured materials, i.e. the first stage in the production of nanodevices with properties that are of interest in fields as diverse as physics, chemistry, biochemistry and medicine.
On passing this subject, the student will be better able to:
1. Assess how an extensive control of order at an atomic and molecular level allows the properties of the materials to be optimised and strengthened.
2. Classify the nanostructure production methods, identifying the most appropriate in each case in accordance with the starting materials and the intended end properties.
3. Use specific equipment to prepare nanostructured materials.
4. See and use the vocabulary appropriate to this discipline, being able to assess, judge and contrast results obtained for the nanostructure production processes with other students.
5. Design a production process for a nanostructured material.
The results of the learning process for this subject are important because:
The first step to producing a nanodevice is choosing and designing an appropriate method for the assembly of the constituent atoms or molecules for the nanodevice. Therefore, this subject, taught in parallel with modules 1 (Fundamental Properties of Nanostructured Materials) and 3 (Assembly and Production of Nanostructures), takes place at the beginning of the academic year before later moving on to studying how the nanostructured material obtained can be characterised and its properties and potential market applications assessed.
The “Preparation of Nanostructured Materials” module aims to make the student aware of the importance of correctly choosing the nanostructure technique or production method in accordance with the working material and the intended end properties.