Surface Engineering of Nanomaterials

By Prof. Kaushik Pal   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 423
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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Nano Science Nanotechnology, Chemical Engg, Chemistry, Aerospace Engg, Material Science and Mechanical Engg. etc.

INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Nanotech based industries: Nanoshel; Adnano Technologies; Mittal Enterprises; Ultrananotech; Reinste Nano Ventures; etc
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 17 Mar 2023
Enrollment Ends : 06 Feb 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 20 Feb 2023
Exam Date : 26 Mar 2023 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: 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

Books and references

  • 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.

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: 
26 March 2023 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 Roorkee. 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.

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