The aim of this unit is too provide students with a basic understanding of the complete sequence in the nanofabrication processes from methods to fabricated structures, to characterize them and an overview of the major applications areas of nanotechnology.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Describe the main techniques used manufacture new materials and nanostructures by nanofabrication technologies (A3, K1, K3, S1)
  • Discuss a broad overview of the properties and applications of nanomaterials (A2, K4, S1)
  • Examine the basic processes in metrology and characterization of nanomaterials (A4, K3, S1)
  • Demonstrate and appreciate applications of a new type of nanomaterial or nanodevice (A7, K4, S1)

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
2.00 12 weeks 24
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
1.00 12 weeks 12
Online Contact (Phasing out)
Online Learning Activities
0.50 12 weeks 6
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
9.00 12 weeks 108


Type Task Weighting ULO's
AssignmentIndividual 10% 1,2,4 
AssignmentIndividual 10% 1,2,3,4 
ExaminationIndividual 40% 1,2,3,4 
Online QuizIndividual 10% 1,2,3,4 
Project ReportGroup 30% 1,2,4 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

Outcomes to a minimum standard, a student must achieve:(i) an aggregate mark of 50% or more, and(ii) at least 40% in the final exam.Students who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirement (ii) will receive a maximum of45% as the total mark for the unit.


  • Introduction to basic nanotechnology and nanofabrication processes
  • Emerging nanofabrication processes (electron beam lithography, focussed ion beam, self-assembled nanostructures, nanocoating processes)
  • Material characterisation issues in nanofabrication: emerging techniques, limitations
  • Bottom-up and top-down nanocharacterisation techniques
  • Applications of nanostructured materials: Nanomedicine, Nanobiotechnology, Energy and Environmental Issues
  • Manufacture of novel nanostructures (carbon nanotubes, Nanowires, nanoparticles, nanoporous structures, nanofibres, graphene)
  • Properties of nanostructured materials

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.