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Archived Version 2016 - 2017

Module Title Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics Technology
Module Code EE559
School School of Electronic Engineering

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorProf Patrick McNallyOffice NumberS347
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. Write a professional review of a current scientific or engineering issue in nanoelectronics.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36No Description
Independent Study152Including review paper
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 – particle size determination and surface structure; microscopy; spectroscopy. Properties of Individual Nanoparticles: Metal nanoclusters, semiconducting nanoparticles, rare gas and molecular clusters, synthesis methods. Carbon Nanostructures: Carbon molecules, carbon clusters – C60 and fullerenes; carbon nanotubes; applications of carbon nanotubes. Bulk Nanostructured Materials: Solid disordered nanostructures – synthesis and properties; nanostructured crystals – zeolites, photonic crystals. Nanostructured Ferromagnetism: Ferromagnetism; dynamics of nanomagnets, giant and colossal magnetoresistance; ferrofluids.. Optical and Vibrational Spectroscopy: Excitons; infrared surface spectroscopy; Raman spectroscopy; Brillouin spectroscopy; Luminescence – photoluminescence, surface states, thermoluminescence. Quantum Wells, Wires and Dots: Preparation; size and dimensionality effects; excitons; single-electron tunnelling; applications – IR detectors, quantum dot lasers; superconductivity. Self-Assembly and Catalysis: process of self-assembly; catalysis. Nano Machines and Devices: Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS); nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS); molecular and supramolecular switches.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment25% Examination Weight75%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • 0: Module Web Notes and Lecture Videos on MOODLE, 91947
  • 2008: Introduction to nanoelectronics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 91948
  • 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, 91949
  • 1988: The solid state, Oxford University Press,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GCESGrad Cert. in Electronic Systems
GDEGraduate Diploma in Electronic Systems
MENMEng in Electronic Systems
MEQMasters Engineering Qualifier Course
MTCMEng in Telecommunications Engineering