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Code 13522
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Biomedical Sciences
Entry requirements Students should have successfully completed math, science and engineering classes of 1st cycle of studies.
Mode of delivery Face-to-face.
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes To learn the basics of nanoscience and nanotechnology and its applications in various fields of science and engineering, in particular the biomedical field, studying materials, production and measurement techniques used in nanotechnology and in diagnostic and therapeutic microtechnologies.
Syllabus 1. Generalities. Current consumer products using nanotechnology. Potential applications on the short and long term.
2. Evolution and limits of silicon technology and predictable evolution of nanotechnology.
3. Introduction. Origin of the term.
3.1. Objectives of Nanotechnology: Reasons and Consequences.
3.2. Definitions, terms and concepts: Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Quantum Mechanics.
4. Historical data and relevant events.
4.1. Theoretical contributions. Technological developments.
4.2. Remarkable contributors.
5. Inter / Multidisciplinarity of Nanotechnology.
6. Areas of current development and possible future applications.
6.1. Nanomaterials.
6.2. Nanometrology.
6.3. Electronics, optoelectronics and computing.
6.4. Bionanotechnology and Nanomedicine.
6.5. Computational Nanotechnology.
7. Human health, environmental and social impacts of nanotechnology.
8. Legislation. The need to create laws adapted to the new realities.
Main Bibliography •Wilson, M. et al., Nanotechnology: Basic Science and Emerging Technologies. Chapman & Hall, 2002.
•Ratner, M. and D. Ratner, Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea. Prentice Hall, 2002.
•Scientific American (Ed.), Understanding Nanotechnology. Grand Central Publishing, 2002.
•Hall, J. Storrs, Nanofuture: What's Next For Nanotechnology. Prometheus Books , 2005.
•Drexler, Eric L., Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation. J. Wiley, 1992.
•Drexler, Eric L., Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology. Anchor, 1987.
•Drexler, Eric L., Unbounding the Future: the Nanotechnology Revolution. W. Morrow & Compan

- Foresight Inst. -
- Nanotechnology (EC) -
- (NCN) -
- Center for Responsible Nanotechnology -
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Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Lectures with multimedia/video support, when possible. Sessions exploring several sources of information, particularly to support the achievement of student work (preparation/presentation of a work of synthesis and presentation/discussion of an item selected in scientific journals). Practical sessions using a software tool for modeling, simulation and analysis of nano-systems (software NanoEngineer-1). Assessment is continuous , combining a written exam (35 %), the preparation and presentation of a work of synthesis (40 %), the presentation of an item selected in scientific journals (15 %), the practical presentation of models created with Nanoengineer-1 (5 %) and the performance assessment in the classroom throughout the semester (5 %). For approval, it is required a minimum of 85% class attendance, to perform the proposed works and the exam, with a pondered grade equal to or higher than 10.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-05-11

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