Metal-carbon Nanocomposites

Instructors:Vladimir Valentinovich Kozlov

Course Summary

The purpose of this module is to introduce metal-carbon nanocomposites used for creating nanodevices with controllable parameters. This module forms the ability to define properties of substances in a nanocrystalline state (structure, electronic nanocrystal structure, electric, magnetic, optical and mechanical properties); the ability to define substance properties as a function of various parameters taking into account quantum-size effects in a nanocrystalline state.

Students are expected to study the theory of a solid with the use of quantum mechanics for describing a substance in a nanocrystalline state; features of physical and chemical properties of a substance in a nanocrystalline state; the main substance types in a nanocrystalline state and their properties (structure, electronic structure of nanocrystals, electric, magnetic, optical, mechanical properties); physical and chemical theory of nanoparticles; kinetic regularities for calculating the nanomaterial synthesis; kinetic regularities, mathematical thermodynamics methods for modelling the processes of nanomaterial synthesis; defining and calculating parameters of nanoparticle synthesis (quasi-equilibrium, diffusive and kinetic stages); tendencies and perspectives of the developments in the area of micro and nanoelectronics.

Course Format

Hours of lectureHours of discussionHours of independent studyTotal numbers of hours

Please note that students are expected to study outside of class for three hours for every hour in class.

Course Content

The plan is to work through the following topics

  1. Perspective properties of substances in a nanocrystalline state
    • Features of regularities for physical properties of substance in a nanocrystalline state;
    • The theory of a solid and quantum mechanics;
    • Peculiarities of nanomaterial structure;
    • Quantum-size effect;
  2. The main types of substance in a nanocrystalline state and their properties
    • Electronic structure of nanocrystals;
    • Bases of the physical and chemical theory for nanoparticles;
    • Electric, magnetic, optical and mechanical properties;
    • Kinetic regularities for calculating nanomaterial synthesis processes.
  3. Diffusion and kinetic processes for nanomaterial synthesis reactions
    • Features of physical and chemical methods of nanomaterial synthesis;
    • Methods down-up for nanomaterial synthesis;
    • Methods up-down for nanomaterial synthesis;
    • Template method for nanomaterial synthesis.
  4. Kinetic regularities for calculating nanomaterial synthesis processes
    • The determination of synthesis parameters (quasiequilibrium, diffusion and kinetic stages);
    • The quasiequilibrium stage of synthesis;
    • The diffusion and kinetic stages of synthesis;
    • The control methods of nanoparticle synthesis.

Reading List

Primary textbooks:

  1. Yu.D.Tret’jalov. Solid-phase reactions. М.: Nauka. 1978
  2. A.D.Pomogailo. Metal nanoparticles in polymers. M.:Nauka. 2000.
  3. S.C.Tjong, Y.-W. Mai. Physical Properties and Applications of Polymer Nanocomposites. Elsevier. 2010. 936 p.

Additional textbooks:

  1. R.S.Chaughule. Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications. Wiley, New York. 2010.
  2. Gunter Schmid. Nanoparticles: From Theory to Application. Willey. New York. 2006.

Homework Assignments

  1. Micro- and nanoelectronics development
  2. Self-organization processes in nanotechnology
  3. Peculiarities for metal-carbon nanocomposites
  4. Quantum-size effect and its influence on nanomaterial chemical and physical properties


Class participation10%
Homework assignments30%
Midterm course work20%
Final exam40%