Module V


IV. Nanomaterials

5.1 Introduction to selected applications of nanomaterials
5.2 Nanopowders
5.3 Nanomaterials for optical, electronically, optoelectronical and magnetic applications
5.4 Nanotubes: Synthesis and selected Applications
5.5 Nanocomposite coatings for mechanical applications


Module Description

The implementation or creation of nano-scale structural elements in solids leads to totally new properties of the corresponding materials due to new physical effects connected with the predominance of the surface over the bulk of those elements. These nanomaterials will play a major role in future nanotechnology. In most cases nanomaterials in principle are composites consisting of a customary matrix material, e.g. ceramic, glass, polymer, filled with nano-scale objects such as particles or nanotubes. Though in a micro scale the properties of such composites are fairly well understood and the manufacturing technologies are widely used the situation for nanomaterials is much less satisfactory. Besides there is only little known about the potential risks of nanoparticles for human beings. So, the development of manufacturing technologies for nano-scale powders and particles and for the production of corresponding composites is an actual research topic as well as the characterization of the resulting materials and the operation mechanisms of possible applications.



Having successfully finished the course the students are familiar with properties, characterization methods, and the manufacturing technologies of naopowders, nanoparticles and nanotubes and the corresponding composite materials. They have an overview over current and future applications of such materials.


Overall Content

· Introduction and selected Applications
· Nanopowders
· Nanoparticles
· Nanotubes and nanocomposites: Synthesis for selected Applications
· Nanocomposites: Characterisation and Application

Previous knowledge

The participants should have adequate knowledge (level engineer) in physics, chemistry and materials technology.