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Emerging Nanotechnologies - ELE00098M

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Steven Johnson
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

This module provides an opportunity to independently explore advanced concepts in nanoscience and nanotechnology, including molecular electronics, nanomedicine, and emerging nanoelectronic and nanophotonic devices.

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To explore advanced concepts, devices and challenges, including societal, in nanoscience and nanotechnology, including molecular electronics, nanomedicine, emerging nanoelectronic devices and concepts, nanofabrication, and bio-nanotechnology
  • To undertake independent reading, literature/information search and critical analysis
  • To undertake a project presentation, including handling technical questions

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop skills in critically evaluating and synthesising new information based on researched information and writing concise technical reports appropriate for the target audience
  • To develop advanced skills in designing, delivering and defending engaging presentations on advanced topics, appropriate for the target audience

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Have an in-depth knowledge of one emerging area of nanotechnology, which could include emerging materials for electronics (including organic electronics, carbon nanotubes, graphene), emerging concepts in nanomedicine including targeted treatment and personalized diagnostics, emerging nanoelectronics concepts and devices (including spintronics, single electron devices, quantum computation), emerging approaches for nanofabrication (including limitations of current technologies, self-assembly, scanning probe approaches, bio-inspired nanoassembly), an appreciation of the possibility of bio-nanotechnology/synthetic biology (including biomolecules for information storage and computation, bio-inspired approaches for energy generation)
  • Be able to discuss the societal, economic and environmental opportunities/challenges of nanotechnology

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to construct concise technical reports that critically evaluate and synthesise new information based on research, appropriate for the target audience
  • Be able to design, deliver and defend persuasive technical presentations based on selected reliable evidence to the target audiences


Task Length % of module mark
Literature Review
N/A 70
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Individual Presentation
N/A 30

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Individual Report (Resit)
N/A 100

Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme. We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments. A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback. This can be found at The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme. In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work. Students are provided with their examination results within 20 working days of the end of any given examination period. The Department will also endeavour to return all coursework feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline. The Department would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback. The Department will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum. Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate. Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date.

Indicative reading

Nanotechnology, Michael Wilson, K. Kannangara, M. Simmons, and B. Raguse. Chapman & Hall/CRC
Semiconductor Devices: Physics and Technology, S. M. Sze, Wiley
Solid State Electronics Devices, B. G. Streetman, Prentice-Hall Int. Ed.

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