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MTT0060 Nanomaterials and nanotechnologies. Instructor: DSc Irina HUSSAINOVA Department of Materials Engineering Faculty of Mechanics Tallinn University of Technology. Room: V – 218 Tel.: 620 3355 E-mail : Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology. MTT0060

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Nanomaterials and nanotechnologies



Department of Materials Engineering

Faculty of Mechanics

Tallinn University of Technology

Room: V – 218

Tel.: 620 3355








why is this course needed
Why is this course needed?
  • Rapid growth of industrial applications of nano-scaled materials and devices requires specialists of a high level of the interdisciplinary knowledge.
  • Introduction to the principles and applications of the emerging field of nanoscience is undoubtedly needed to keep University on the leading position with respect to scientific and technological know-how.
  • Intended for a multidisciplinary audience with a variety of backgrounds.
  • Urgent need for foreign students.
  • There is no other course providing a systematic account of basic problems related to the nanomaterials and nanotechnologies.
what do we expect from students before the course
What do we expect from students before the course?
  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to materialssystems (High coverage).
  • As an introductory course, this course provides students withfundamentals in the structure, properties, and processing of materials.
  • Studentsdemonstrate this knowledge on homework problems, tests and exams.
  • Ability to conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data (Low coverage).
  • Throughoutthe course, methods to test principles are discussed and data are presented that reinforce a variety of concepts.
what can students expect from this course
What can students Expect from this course?
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of nanoscience principles and industry applications.
  • Be able to explain the nanoscale paradigm in terms of properties at the nanoscale dimension.
  • Apply key concepts in chemistry, physics, and engineering to the field of nanotechnology.
  • Ability to identify current nanotechnology solutions in design, engineering, and manufacturing.
  • Apply knowledge and skills of „nano“ principles to a potential project application.
  • Ability to search and read current nanoscience literature applied to a particular problem domain.
  • Identify societal and technology issues that may impede the adoption of nanotechnology.
  • Identify career paths and requisite knowledge and skills for career change towards nanotechnology.
what is inside course syllabus
What is inside (course syllabus)?

Course consists of:

  • Lectures - 16
  • Homeworks - 2
  • Tests - 3
  • Topical presentation - 1
  • Midterm written exam - 1
  • Final oral exam - 1
searching for new knowledge
Searching for new knowledge

Learning Materials

To find topic needed – go to Tegevuskava or Detailed Syllabus

Tegevuskava – Course outline



Lecture slides

Lecture notes


Lectures supply with relevant information on textbooks and chapters to be studied

Additional reading

Self assessment

what to seek for
What to seek for?

Any chapter is ended with the requirements to be met after lecture examination.


Lecture 1:

Make sure you understand language and concepts and are able to answer the questions:

  • -How big are small things or how small are big ones?
  • -What is nanoscience?
  • -Can we see invisible?
  • -Will we live forever?
  • -Do we need nano?
what about grading
What about grading?

The course grade is based on numerical scores that include homework, self-study topic (topical presentation), exams, and a cumulative final according the following weighting system:

  • Homeworks 10%
  • Tests 10%
  • Topical essay 20%
  • Midterm written exam 30%
  • Final oral exam 30%
grading scales
Grading scales
  • 3 testi (25 - 30 küsimust), hinnatakse vastavalt „TTÜ-s kehtivatele õppeeeskirjadele”/ 3 tests (25- 30 questions)

Hindamiskriteeriumid/Grading scale:

  • “5” – suurepärane/ excellent 91…100 %
  • “4” – väga hea/ very good 81…90 %
  • “3” – hea/ good 71…80 %
  • “2” – rahuldav/ satisfactory 61…70 %
  • “1” – kasin/ sufficient 51…60 %
  • “0” – puudulik/ fail 0…50 %

Kirjalik eksam (10 küsimust/ülesannet)/ Written exam (10 questions/ problems) Hindamiskriteeriumid/Grading scale:

  • 10 correctly answered questions – „5“;
  • 9 – 7 correctly answered questions – „4“;
  • 6 – 4 correctly answered questions – „3“;
  • 3 correctly answered questions – „2“;
  • 2 -1 correctly answered questions – „1“
  • 0 correctly answered questions – „0“.
what is behind midterm
What is behind midterm?
  • Each week students will answer one fairly detailed question (Task), which is also 1/25 of the midterm.
  • If student submits the weekly assignments punctually, he/she will have completed the half of the midterm assignment.
  • There will be additional extra credit points available as well.
  • The midterm/weekly writing assignments are designed to help students to understand the nanoscience in terms of new associations to science, and also to develop a context for nanotechnology in terms of the nanoscale universe, emergence and interaction of networks, and applications of physics, material science, and computing in both industry and solving large problems affecting us.