Nanomaterials Masters of Research. Course Overview 09/10. (Note, all dates in this document are provisional and subject to change. Consult on-line calendar for up-to-date schedule). Welcome. Management Primary responsibility of the course will be shared: Course Coordination
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(Note, all dates in this document are provisional and subject to change. Consult on-line calendar for up-to-date schedule)
Primary responsibility of the course will be shared:
Course Director & Chair Board of Examiners: Prof. Nicholas Harrison
Course Director: Dr Tim Albrecht
[Course Co- Director: Prof. Milo Shaffer ]
Day to day admin: Ms. Lisa Benbow
Other issues: NMH, TA or MS
Broadly speaking Nicholas Harrison will deal with research projects and
and Tim Albrecht will deal with the lecture course.
The primary forms of disseminating information are email, the web & the notice board – and a Facebook group MRes Nanomaterials
Supervisors are responsible for individual Projects
You will normally be a full member of two research groups.
A key aim of the MRES is to promote interaction with other group members
You must attend relevant group/section seminars and normally give a talk in the series (discuss this with your supervisors)
Note: all academic and administrative staff are busy so please be patient and email/make appointments to see people
The most important part is the project plan which should be detailed and realistic
The aim is to produce a piece of publishable original research
If you will be away from college for more than a day you must let Lisa know.
Please give her a mobile or home number in case we need to contact you
The supervisor sets holiday entitlement.
The college closes for public holidays at Easter and Christmas.
In accordance with the rules laid down by the Research Councils, no more than eight weeks, including public holidays, may be taken in each year.
Students should always report holiday arrangements to their supervisor in advance.
Research students are members of the College Students’ Union. You are encouraged to participate in its activities; the Union has an active postgraduate group which holds regular social events and discussions.
Examinations at the beginning of January (W/C 11th January)
Materials Characterisation Lab Exercises Assessed
Advanced Lectures (2 hours)
i) Microfluidics (A. de Mello)
ii) Molecular Nanobiotechnology (G. Gilardi)
iii) Cellular Nanobiotechnology (A. Cass)
iv) Colloidal Semiconductors (J. de Mello)
v) Patterning polymers on the nanoscale (J. Steinke)
vi) Nanoscale & Molecular Electronics (T. Albrecht)
vii) Molecular thin films for optoelectronic applications (S. Heutz)
viii) Nanofluidics (N. Quirke)
ix) Single Molecule Detection (J. Edel)
x) Nanomedicine (M. Thanou)
Advanced Course Exam (12/03/10)
Research project continues
Posters to be prepared before conference trip (April)
Transferable skills courses
Research Seminars (chemistry, physics, materials, biology ….)
i) research project report (23/08/10)
ii) oral presentation at MRes symposium (06/09/10)
iii) completion of research report
Examiners’ Meeting (10/09/10)
Important: you may be called to a viva by the external examiners on this day so you must be present in college on this day
An informal club run by YOU but usually also attended by NMH, TA or MS
- weekly ~ 1 hour (?)
- select an article of interest and circulate
- presented by a student & discussed
The course timetable is available at the following address:
The timetable is subject to regular changes and should be consulted on a daily basis.
Research Based Assessment: 65 % comprisingLiterature Report and Project Plan (30 pages): 10%
Report (60 pages) : 45%Project Oral Presentation (Nanomaterials mini-symposium) : 10%
Taught Course Based Assessment: 35% comprising10 hours written examination (Jan, Mar, May), contributing in total : 35%
50% pass mark for each element (teaching and research). You must pass both!
An overall mark of greater than 60% in each element will lead to a ‘merit’.
An overall mark of greater than 70% in each element will lead to a ‘distinction’.
A prize will be awarded to the highest performing student.
In May / June
A relevant international conference
Opportunity to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation – possibly quite early (Nov ?)
Typically we will spend a few days visiting research institutes and labs either side of the meeting.