Subject: Nanochemistry I

Scientific Area:



64 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

1 - This curricular unit, whose content will be continued in the second semester, aims to provide the student with the necessary knowledge for the chemical synthesis of nanomaterials (not only the inorganic nanomaterials) and with the training in the techniques used for their preparation and transformation into functional architectures.
2 - From the technological point of view, relevant examples, which are beyond the usual routes of chemical synthesis, will also be highlighted.
3 - The student should be able to apply the principles of nanochemistry in areas such as physics, materials science, engineering, biology, and medicine and know how to interpret the conclusions of papers and books in this area.
4 - The main fabrication processes will also be studied, while the characterization techniques of nanomaterials will be referred to but not studied in detail since they are the subject of other curricular units. The students should also develop team spirit, critical thinking, and communication ability.


1 - Chapter 1 will explore the definition and the foundations of nanochemistry, including the crystal structure and the hierarchy/organization of building blocks in preparing nanostructures.
2 - Chapter 2. will be discussed the physical-chemical aspects of the surface of solids
3 - Chapter 3 shall be devoted to the synthesis of zero-dimensional nanostructures, including crystalline (nanocrystals), polycrystalline and amorphous nanoparticles.
4 - Chapter 4 will focus on the synthesis of one dimension nanostructures (e.g., wires, rods, fibers).
5 - Chapter 5 will be highlighted the preparation of two-dimensional structures (e.g., thin films)
6 - Chapter 6, the methods of synthesis for the materials not yet referred (e.g., derived from carbon nanotubes, organic-inorganic hybrids, and oxide layered structures) will be presented.
7 - Chapter 7 will be focused on the major fabrication techniques for nanomaterials and nanostructures (e.g., chemical patterning, lithography, Layer-by-Layer self-assembly).


G. Cao , 2004 , Nanostructures & Nanomaterials ? synthesis, properties and applications , Imperial College Press
G. A. Ozin, L. Cademartiri , 2015 , Nanochemistry: A chemical approach to nanomaterials , Royal Society of Chemistry
L. Cademartiri, G. A. Ozin , 2009 , Concepts of Nanochemistry , Wiley-VCH
C. Bréchignac, P. Houdy, M. Lahmani, , 2007 , Nanomaterials and Nanochemistry , Springer ? Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
This curricular unit has 64 hours of contact between the teacher and the students, divided into 32 hours for theory and 32 hours for theoretical-practical lessons. The lectures will be given with the help of audiovisual media and blackboard, with the teacher maintaining a permanent dialogue (asking and answering questions) with the students. The material used for lectures and exercises will be made available to students through the course web page. The theoretical-practical classes will be devoted to problem-solving, analysis, and discussion of scientific papers. The evaluation of the curricular unit consists of: a) 1 written test (50% weight; minimum score of 9.5); b) 1 oral presentation of a scientific article (20% weight); c) 1 monography about one specific topic within the scientific area written in the form of a scientific paper (30% weight).