Course detail


FEKT-MPA-NANAcad. year: 2021/2022

The course focuses on modern aspects of Nanotechnology - its prinicples and applications. The stress is put on the understanding of fundamental nanostructures and various interaction in the near-field (force, optical, electric, magnetic, thermal,and others). Application of nanotechnology: Chemical and material synthesis. Design and fabrication of nanostructures (force, optical, electric, magnetic, thermal,and others). Second part of topic is oriented to computer nanotechnology, detection and localization of nanostructures. Students actively prepare and present topics related to aplication potential of nanotechnology (nanoelectronics, metamaterials, nanophotonics) in modern world.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student is able to:
- define and explain novel physical (electric, optical, magnetic) phenomena on nanoscale
- describe selected nanostructures - fullerens, nanotubes, nanocmposites
- choose the right microscopic and spectroscopic technique
- simulate the interaction in the case of STM, AFM, SNOM
- detect and localize nanostructures
- discuss the advantages and disadvantages of nanomaterials
on the basis of define considerations to prepare a presentation of choosen topic
- actively present and define own presentation (in the framework of other activities part)
- prepare and present a poster on chosen topic.


Primarily the Bachelor´s degree level knowledge is requested. Student could be able to explain fundamental physical and electric principles of microworld. The ability to use Matlab is welcome.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
Teachimg methods contain:
1. Project provided by 3 students - critical review of scientific paper ot new topic of the field.
2. Presentation of project in the class.
3. Preparation of poster on field topic.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

0-15 points laboratory exercises
0-15 points computer exercises
0-10 points poster
0-20 points project
0-40 point final exam

Course curriculum

1. Introduction
2. Quantum mechanics introduction
3. Solid state physics
4. Microscopy techniques 1
5. Carbon and nanotechnology
6. Nanostructures
7. Microscopy techniques 2
8. Spectroscopy
10. Fotonics
11. Plasmonics
12. Molecular electronics
13. Nanotechnology applications

Work placements

Not applicable.


The course has two goals: to give an overview of the current development in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and to give to students an introduction to applications in Quantum mechanics, Condensed matter physics, Statistical physics and Computer physics.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year. Laboratory and computer exercises as well as other activities are compulsory.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Poole, Ch., P., Owens, Jr., F., J.: Introduction to Nanotechnology, Wiley Interscience, 2003 ISBN:0-471-07935-9 (EN)
Wolf, E., L.: Nanophysics and nanotechnology, 3rd Edition, Wiley-VCH, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-3527413249 (EN)
Sanders, W., C.: Basic Principles of Nanotechnology, CRC Press, 2018, ASIN: B07FF7FY7Z (EN)
Vollath, D.: Nanomaterials: An Introduction to Synthesis, Properties and Applications, 2nd Edition; Wiley-VCH, 2013, ISBN: 978-3527333790 (EN)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPA-EEN Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MPA-MEL Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MPAD-MEL Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MPA-EAK Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MPA-BIO Master's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to Nanotechnology.
2. Introduction to Solid State Physics - 1st part.
3.Introduction to Solid State Physics - 2nd part.
4.Fundamental nanostructures - clusters, fullerenes.
5. Fundamental nanostructures - nanotubes, composites. Carbon polymeres.
6. Physical and chemical properties of materials on atom scale.
7. Near-field interaction with matter: mechanical forces, optical, electric, magnetic a others.
8. How we mesure nanostructure - microscopes.
9. Simulation of the interaction in the case of STM, AFM and SNOM.
10. Quantum dots (or artificial atoms), resonant tunnel devices, single-electron transistors.
11. Light-Matterinteraction.
12. Metamaterials.

Exercise in computer lab

6 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Matlab in the semiconductor components study.
2. Demonstration of near-field interaction.
3. Simulation of basic nanostructures - quantum dots.
4. Simulation of nanoelectronic componenets and devices.
5. Resonant tunnel diode.

Laboratory exercise

7 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Demonstration of microworld phenomena.
2. Ellipsometry.
3. Spectral reflectometry.
4. Interferometry.
5. Scanning probe microscopy.
6. Electron microscopy.
7. Harmonic oscillator.
8. Tunnel diode.


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Oral presentation and poster on nanotechnology topic by three-member teams.