Lecturer(s): Magali PHANER GOUTORBE
Course ⋅ 16 hPW ⋅ 4 hStudy ⋅ 8 h


Nanosciences and nanotechnologies deal with the understanding of the specific properties of structures at the nanoscale, as well as the development and characterization of these nanostructures. Nanotechnologies make it possible to push back the limits of miniaturization and generate new applications and new functionalities in microelectronics, photonics, materials science, biology with applications in medicine, energy and environmental issue. This course presents the specific properties of nanostructures and nanomaterials, as well as the observation and development tools at the nanometric scale. It emphasizes technological achievements that already exist or are likely to emerge in the near future. It concentrates on 3AF: ◊ AF1 Lecture on nanosciences and nanotechnologies illustrated by numerous examples ◊ AF2 Practical work on the development of nanoparticles and their characterization by Atomic Force Microscopy ◊ AF3 Project to design educational video clips on one of the application themes of nanotechnologies


Physics of low dimensional systems, Electron and Near field Microscopies, Nanolithography, Nanomaterials, Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics, Nanobiotechnologies, Nanotechnology for energy and for the environmental issues.


◊ Introduction to nanosciences and nanotechnologies. ◊ Applications of nanotechnologies in everyday and tomorrow's objects (smartphone, nanorobot, medical nanocapsule, for energy and the environment ...) ◊ Techniques of observation and characterization of nanostructures. ◊ Nanolithography manufacturing processes. ◊ Nanomaterials, nanowires and nanoparticles. ◊ Nanoelectronics, molecular electronics, single electron transistor. ◊ Nanophotonics. ◊ Nanobiotechnologies: DNA and protein biochips, molecular self-assembly and biology, structures biomimetic.

◊ Practical work Elaboration of nanoparticles and characterization by Atomic Force Microscopy ◊ BE - Project: Creation of educational videos on nanotechnologies with the help of the educational center

Learning Outcomes

  • ◊ Understand the challenges of nanotechnologies in the fields of information technology, materials, medicine, energy and the environment. ◊ Understand the physical phenomena of low dimensional structures. ◊ Reflect on future developments in Nano.
  • ◊ Deepen the understanding of a technique for developing nanostructures by participating in the fabrication of a typical sample. ◊ Deepen the understanding of a technique for characterizing nanostructures by participating in the observation at the nanometric scale of this same sample
  • ◊ Explain through the creation of an educational video the specific contribution of nanotechnologies for a technological application that already exists or is likely to emerge in the near future.


Assessment of practical activity TP. Evaluation of the Video Project activity. Written final test (50% knowledge, 50% know-how) Know : 50% Test + 50% Project Know-how : 50% TP + 50% Project