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Fundamental Characterisation for Nanotechnology

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28 Apr6 Jul 2014
United Kingdom
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Apr 11, 2014
University of Oxford
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United Kingdom

The Fundamental Characterisation for Nanotechnology course begins in April and runs for ten weeks. The course is divided into ten units, each of which is designed to take approximately one week to study:

  • An introduction to what is meant by materials characterisation;
  • The essential elements of the physical basis for x-ray and electron diffraction;
  • Imaging, optical and electron-optical microscopies - imaging at the macroscale to the nanoscale;
  • Micro- and nano-analytical techniques;
  • Scanning probe techniques - physical principles and generic methodologies;
  • Spectroscopies - techniques, with emphasis on surface and film analysis;
  • Physical chemical techniques;
  • Tactical and practical aspects of materials characterisation;
  • A review of problems and further reading;
  • An overview of strategic issues - synthesis and summary.

There will also be live online tutorials, normally once each week.

The course includes a residential weekend in Oxford where students have an opportunity to see the latest characterisation methods at the University of Oxford's Begbroke Science Park.

The Fundamental Characterisation for Nanotechnology course provides a justification for materials characterisation, and a framework for considering strategic and tactical issues. It also gives an overview of the most common techniques and methodologies available to determine the nature and composition of nanoparticles (both organic and inorganic), thin films and nanostructures.

The course presents generic descriptions of techniques and methodologies, together with representative case studies. In addition to the course material and online tutorials, the course incorporates interactive team projects, whereby iterative 'proposals' are presented to experts, who then provide feedback and guidance for further development.

For more information and to apply please see our website.

Places are limited so early enrolment is strongly advised.