Structural Analysis of Nanomaterials

By Prof. Kaushik Pal   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 621
Structural analysis of nanomaterials is an important part of Materials Science and Nanoscience & Nanotechnology which deals with the study of crystal structure of materials and their defects. It is a prerequisite for the understanding of properties of nanomaterials to have a detailed knowledge of the structure from the atomic/molecular (local) level to the crystal structure and to the microstructure (mesoscopic scale and defect structure). The primary goal of structural analysis of nanomaterials is aiming at both investigating the structure-property relationship and discovering new properties, in order to achieve relevant improvements in current state-of-the art materials.

INTENDED AUDIENCE :  UG & PG students of Metallurgy, Nano Science & Nanotechnology, Chemical Engg, Chemistry, Physics, Aerospace Engg, Material Science and Mechanical Engg.etc. , R&D personals in industries

INDUSTRY SUPPORT :  Nanotech based industries: Nanoshel; Adnano Technologies; Mittal Enterprises; Ultrananotech; Reinste Nano Ventures; etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 19 Aug 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1  : Introduction: Fundamental concepts of atomic structure and interatomic bonding, Structure of materials, Defects in structure of materials, Phase diagram: Determination of phases, Transformation of phases.
Week 2  : Basic properties: Metals, Basic properties: Ceramics , Basic properties: Polymers, Selection of nanomaterials, Structure property relationship of advanced nanomaterials.
Week 3  :  Introduction to X-Ray Spectroscopy, Diffraction direction and methods of XRD, Determination of crystal structures by XRD Pattern, Precise parameter measurements, Orientation of single crystals.
Week 4  :  Qualitative analysis by diffraction, Quantitative analysis by diffraction, Microscopic structural analysis of nanomaterials-I, Microscopic structural analysis of nanomaterials-II, Other characterization used.

Books and references

  1. Cullity, B.D., Stock, S.R. and Stock, S, Elements of X-Ray diffraction, Prentice Hall, 3rd Edition, New Jersey. 
  2. Phillips, R., Crystal defects and microstructures Cambridge university press, Cambridge, UK. 
  3. Wang, Z.L., Characterization of nanophase materials, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany 
  4. Allen, S.M., Thomas, E.L., The structure of materials, John Wiley & Sons, US.

Instructor bio

Prof. Kaushik Pal

IIT Roorkee
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.

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: 25 September 2022 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 3 assignments out of the total 4 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 Roorkee. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

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