Overview of Nanostructures and Nanomaterials: classification – Crystalline nanomaterials and defects therein. Hybrid nanomaterials – Multiscale hierarchical structures built out of nanosized building blocks (nano to macro).Nanomaterials in Nature: Nacre, Gecko,Teeth – Nanostructures: Carbon Nanotubes, Fullerenes, Nanowires, Quantum Dots. Applications of nanostructures. Reinforcement in Ceramics, Drug delivery, Giant magnetoresistance, etc. Cells – response to Nanostructures
Surfaces and interfaces in nanostructures. Ceramic interfaces, Superhydrophobic surfaces, Grain boundaries in Nanocrystalline materials, Defects associated with interfaces – Thermodynamics of Nanomaterials – Overview of properties of nanostructures and nanomaterials. How the performance of nanomaterials come about: sizestructure-Mechanism-property-performance pathway – Overview of characterization of nanostructures and nanomaterials – Focus on: Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) technique, Transmission Electron Microscopic techniques, Auger Electron Spectroscopy, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy – Deformation behaviour of nanomaterials. Fracture and creep – Nanomechanics and nanotribology – Electrical, Magnetic and Optical properties
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