Nanotechnology, Science and Applications

By Prof. Prathap Haridoss   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 959
This course will familiarize the student to the science related to various phenomena observed at the nanoscale. Following an introduction to the basic ideas of nanoscience and nanotechnology, several examples will be discussed which highlight the impact of nanoscale on various properties of technological interest. Technologies built on these phenomena will be discussed. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Engineering and Science students at the UG and PG level

PREREQUISITES:          First two years of undergraduate course of Engineering (Introductory, undergraduate level Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics)

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 16 Sep 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, History of nanomaterials Top down approach, bottom up approach to synthesize nanomaterials
Week 2: Thermodynamic considerations
Week 3: Inverse Hall Petch relationship
Week 4: Optical effects
Week 5: Superplasticity
Week 6: Magnetic effects, Ferroelectric effects at nanoscale
Week 7: Severe Plastic Deformation
Week 8: Nanocomposites, bulk nanoscale structures

Books and references

  1. Semiconductor Materials, Devices and Fabrication, Parasuraman Swaminathan, Wiley India, 2017.
  2. Microchip Fabrication: A Practical Guide to Semiconductor Processing, 6th Edition, Peter Van Zant, McGraw-Hill, 2013. 

Instructor bio

Prof. Prathap Haridoss

IIT Madras
Prof. Prathap Haridoss is a Professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at IIT Madras. He works in the areas of Fuel Cell and Carbon nanomaterials. He has a B.Tech in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Madras, and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Before he joined as a faculty at IIT Madras, he served as a Senior Scientist at Plug Power, a Fuel Cell company in New York. He has 3 US patents, several International Journal publications, and has published a book titled “Physics of Materials, Essential Concepts of Solid State Physics”

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 6 assignments out of the total 8 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 Madras. 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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