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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Nanoelectronics Technology
Module Code EE559
School School of Electronic Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Patrick McNally
Semester 2: Patrick McNally
Autumn: Patrick McNally
Module TeachersPatrick McNally
Jennifer Bruton
Deiric O'Broin
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Nanoelectronics has become one of the most important and exciting fields in the forefront of engineering, physics, chemistry and biology. The technology and the possibilities of engineering at the nanoscale shows great promise for delivering many breakthroughs that will impact on technological advances in a wide range of applications from chemical to electronic to optronic to medical.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a graduate level of knowledge of the applications of Nanotechnology and Nanoelectronics.
2. Possess the technical capability to appreciate and contribute to the technical development in the field.
3. Show a skill set that captures the interdisciplinarity of nanoscale engineering and science.
4. Solve scientific and engineering related problems based on a major homework problem set related to course material.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36Lectures: synchronous and asynchronous.
Assignment Completion80Take-home examination and research paper critique
Independent Study72Independent study
Total Workload: 188

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Syllabus
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics: Classical particles and phenomena, wave packets, why quantum mechanics?; the Bohr atomic model; matter waves, the quantum wavefunction, the Schrödinger equation, Heisenberg uncertainty principle, quantum wells. Introduction to Physics of the Solid State: Crystal structure and lattice vibrations; energy bands, reciprocal space, effective masses, Fermi surfaces, localised particles e.g. donors, traps, excitons. Methods of Measuring Properties: Crystallography – X-Ray Diffraction. Carbon Nanostructures: Carbon molecules, carbon clusters – C60 and fullerenes; carbon nanotubes; applications of carbon nanotubes. Graphene. Bulk Nanostructured Materials: Photonic crystals. Nanostructured Ferromagnetism: Theory of Ferromagnetism and applications to storage and spintronic systems: dynamics of nanomagnets, giant and colossal magnetoresistance; spintronics and memory applications incl. magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs), spin torque transfer systems for magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM). Quantum Wells, Wires and Dots: Preparation; size and dimensionality effects; excitons; single-electron tunnelling; applications – IR detectors, quantum dot lasers. Nano Machines and Devices: Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS); nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS). Optical and Vibrational Spectroscopy: Excitons; infrared surface spectroscopy; Raman spectroscopy; Luminescence – photoluminescence and thermal wave techniques. Nanoelectronics & Quantum Computation: Wavefunction and operator approaches to quantum mechanics; Dirac’s Braket notation; qubits; registers of qubits; single and multi-dimensional quantum gates; simple quantum computation algorithms; physical realisation of qubits – quantum dot computation system(s).

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentA time-limited Take-Home Examination comprising of circa 10 high level of difficulty problems Which will interrogate all aspects of the taught materials in the module. The questions are synchronised to the different classes and the students will be able to progress serially through the Take-home Examination only after they have read and understood the Lectures and Lecture Notes.60%Sem 1 End
AssignmentThe students will be given copies of seminal Research Paper published in recent years. This Research Paper will have had a major impact on Nanoelectronics Technology, and a selection of these will be distributed to the individual students in order to ensure that they are not all addressing the same seminal Research Paper. Certain sections of the paper will be slightly above the level of difficulty the students will have encountered during their Lectures, and they will be expected to use that knowledge to develop a critical understanding of this paper.40%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • 0: Module Web Notes and Lecture Videos on LOOP, 237047
  • 2008: Introduction to nanoelectronics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 237048
  • 2011: Introduction to Nanoelectronics, FREE eBOOK, MIT OpenCourseWare Publication, http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-701-introduction-to-nanoelectronics-spring-2010/readings/MIT6_701S10_notes.pdf, 237049
  • 2015: Nanostructures and Nanotechnology, Cambridge University Press, 639,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ECEIMMasters of Eng in Elec & Comp Eng
GCECEGrad Cert. in Electronic & Computer Eng
MCMECMicro-Credential Modules Eng & Comp
MECEMEng Electronic & Computer Engineering
MEQMasters Engineering Qualifier Course
SMPECSingle Module Programme (Eng & Comp)
Date of Last Revision24-SEP-07

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