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Surface Engineering of Nanomaterials


Surface engineering (SE) is a sub-discipline of Materials Science and Materials Engineering which deals with the surface of a solid and its modifications. The primary goal of SE of nanomaterials is to modify the properties of surface to improve its electrical and thermal properties, and to improve the compatibility of nanomaterials with some matrix when they are used as reinforcing fillers in composites for high performance applications.


It is a Core as well as Elective Course for UG & PG students of Metallurgy, Nano Science Nanotechnology, Chemical Engg, Chemistry, Aerospace Engg, Material Science and Mechanical Engg. etc.




Nanotech based industries: Nanoshel; Adnano Technologies; Mittal Enterprises; Ultrananotech; Reinste Nano Ventures; etc.

1404 students have enrolled already!!


Dr. Kaushik Pal is an Associate Professor in Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, IIT Roorkee since 2012. He has obtained his Ph.D Degree (2009) from IIT, Kharagpur and then joined to Gyeongsang National University, South Korea for pursuing Post-Doc research. His fields of interests are surface modification of nano-materials and use of such materials in different electronic, mechanical and bio-medical applications. Currently, he is acting as reviewer of several internationally known journals and an active member of National Academy of Sciences, American Chemical Society (ACS) and Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Also, he is the recipient of Brain Korea (BK-21) fellowship award and DAAD fellowship award.


Week 1:Tribology & its classification, Friction tribology, Wear & corrosion, Lubrication, Effect of tribology on surface of nanomaterials.

Week 2:Conventional surface engineering, Types of surface modifications, Physical modifications, Chemical modifications, Applications of surface engineering towards nanomaterials.

Week 3:Deposition and surface modification methods, Physical vapor deposition, Chemical vapor deposition, Advanced surface modification practices, Advantages of deposition for surface modification.

Week 4:Synthesis, processing and characterization of nano-structured coatings, Functional coatings,Advanced coating practices, Characterization of nano-coatings, Applications of nano-coatings,

Week 5:Need of advanced methods for surface and coating testings, Size dependency in nanostructures of nanocoatings, Size effect in electrochemical properties of nanostructured coatings, Size effect in mechanical properties of nanostructured coatings, Size effect in physical and other properties of nanostructured coatings.

Week 6:Thin films for surface engineering of nanomaterials, Sputtering techniques, Evaporation processes, Thin film deposition through gas phase techniques, Liquid phase techniques.

Week 7:Microencapsulation: Processes, Microencapsulation: Kinetics of release, Plating of nanocomposite coatings, Advantages of microencapsulation over other conventional methods.

Week 8:Current trends in surface modification of nanomaterials, Modified Nanomaterials: In-use for consumer products, Main problems in synthesis of modified nanomaterials.

  • Handbook of thin film deposition processes and techniques Edited by Krishna Seshan, William Andrew Publishing Norwich, New York, U.S.A.
  • Nanomaterials and Surface Engineering, Edited by Jamal Takadoum, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., USA.
  • Nanocoatings: Size Effect in Nanostructured Films By Mahmood Aliofkhazrae, Springer-Verlag, USA.
  • Introduction to Tribology byu Bharat Bhusan, John Wiley & Sons, USA.

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exam: March 31st 2019 (Sunday).
  • Time of Exam: Morning session 9am to 2 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 6 out of 8 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.