Chemical Nanoscience and Surfaces (F1705)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

You’ll look at nanomaterials and surfaces, describing techniques to synthesise nanomaterials and analyse surface structure in detail.

The first part of the module explores various techniques used to analyse surfaces in order to obtain information about the surface structure, as well as the structure of any adsorbate on the surface. You will focus on the use of techniques to determine surface and adsorbate structure, energetics and vibrational and electronic spectroscopy.

The second part of the module explores the latest advances in experimental approaches to nanomaterials. It is based on recent developments in the subject, combining lectures and workshops, research talks, directed and independent reading and a critical work.


69%: Lecture
31%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: