Nanomaterials and their Properties

By Prof. Krishanu Biswas   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 1053
The present course will deal with the nanomaterials and their unique properties. The nanomaterials are ubiquitous in various fields of science and engineering. Almost, every field uses nanomaterials in research as well as applications. Hence, it is important to know the basic concepts related to properties of nanomaterials. The course will also deliberate on the structure, surface energy of nanomaterials and their correlation with properties. The unique properties of nanomaterials will be connected with structure (atomic, microstructure at nanoscale) and connected to basic concepts.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Materials, Chemical, Mechanical, Physics, Chemistry

PREREQUISITES     :  Knowledge of thermodynamics and atomic structure


Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 24 Oct 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1:Introduction, Overview of nanostructures nanomaterials
Week 2:Multiscale hierarchial nanostructures
Week 3:Thermodynamics of Nanomaterials
Week 4:Thermodynamics of Nanomaterials
Week 5:Surfaces and interfaces in nanostructures
Week 6:Surfaces and interfaces in nanostructures
Week 7:Properties of nanomaterials
Week 8:Properties of nanomaterials
Week 9:Properties of nanomaterials
Week 10:Properties of nanomaterials
Week 11:Properties of nanomaterials
Week 12:Properties of nanomaterials

Books and references

1. M. F. Ashby, P.J. Ferreira, D.L. Schodek,Nanomaterials Nanotechnologies and Design, Butterworth-Heinemann 
2. Dieter Vollath, Nanomaterials: An Introduction to Synthesis, Properties and Applications, Wiley- VCH

Instructor bio

Prof. Krishanu Biswas

IIT Kanpur
Prof Krishanu Biswas, is currently working at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of IIT Kanpur. He research area comprises of nanomaterials, phase transformation, multicomponent materials, materials for energy applications etc. He extensively teaches in the institute. He has developed several courses in NPTEL forum. Two courses have been developed as MOOC and others as VIDEO courses.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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 Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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