Fundamentals of Nanoscience (NS 218)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences(NS)
3
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Ali Rana At─▒lgan atilgan@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Undergraduate
ENS202
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Guided discovery
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CONTENT

Physical principles operative in the 1-100 nm size range. Detailed study of the physics governing behavior of molecules or clusters of molecules at this scale. Inter and intramolecular interactions. Forces driving molecules to flow. Water as a solvent. Self-assembly of molecules.

OBJECTIVE

Provide a physics-based understanding of the processes important for nanoengineering so that each student will develop the heuristics on how man-made nanostructures and biological nanomachines behave.

LEARNING OUTCOME

list the differences between the properties of nano- and macroscale materials.
calculate basic intermolecular interactions between atoms and/or particles and classify them as strong/weak based on a comparison with thermal energy
categorize forces as short- versus long-range based on the power dependence on separation.
relate time scale of motion of nanoparticles to their sizes using the diffusion equation.
identify nanomachines and classify them, e.g. as transport, catalyst, motor, etc.
calculate the charge distribution near nanoparticles with uniform surface charges.
describe the effect of salt on the behavior of nanoparticles
given the general interaction parameters of a mixture of molecules, identify if a self-assembly process will be observed and estimate the morphology of the final equilibrium structure.
explain hydrogen bonding and the driving forces that lead to hydrophobic behavior.
evaluate results obtained from experiments based-on forces operating at the nanoscale

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Final 50
Midterm 40
Participation 10

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Textbook

Dill, K.A., Bromberg, S., and Stigter, D., Molecular Driving Forces, Statistical Thermodynamics in Biology. Garland Science, Taylor & Francis Group, 2002. QC311.5 .D55 2002.

Readings

Introduction to Nanoscience, S. M. Lindsay, Oxford.
Intermolecular and Surface Forces (2nd edition), J. Israelachvili, Academic Press.