Master Degree


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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Provide the basic understanding of carbon nanostructures, their synthesis, characterization, treatment, functionalization and technological applications.Knowledge and understanding:
At the end of the course of the course the student will have to know the physics of carbon nanostructures and most of the related phenomenology. It will also be able to solve simple problems related to the topics covered.
Knowledge and applied understanding skills:
The student must be able to analyze the phenomena related to carbon nanostructures and interpret them on the basis of a mathematical formulation of the physical laws.

Autonomy of judgment:
At the end of the course, the student will acquire the tools to understand the physical phenomena related to carbon nanostructures.
Communication skills:
The student must possess the ability to clearly explain the basic concepts learned during the first part of the course and to interpret many observable phenomena based on those.
Ability to learn:
The student must have acquired the ability to learn the phenomena related to carbon nanostructures that are necessary for them to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.


It is assumed that the students know the topics covered in a course even only introductory on Solid State Physics.

Course contents summary

The course is primarily concerned with providing the basic knowledge on nanostructured materials consisting of carbon only as: Fullerenes, Graphene, Nanotubes, Nanographites and Onions. The study of these materials is a frontier field of modern research and the reached today knowledge of these systems suggests that they may form the basis of many future technological applications. Their expertise should therefore be an important basis for the formation of the future physicist and chemist who deals with condensed matter but not only .....

Course contents

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Recommended readings

T. Enoki, M. Suzuki, M. Endo, Graphite Intercalation Compounds and Applications, Oxford Univ. Press, 2003.
◾P.J.F. Harris, Carbon Nanotubes and Related Structures, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1999.
◾M. Meyyappan, Carbon Nanotubes Science and Applications, CRC Press, 2005.
And articles provided by the teacher.

Teaching methods

Lessons in mixed mode (frontal up to the capacity of the classroom the rest of the students can follow in streaming), , preparation of specialized seminars.
Slides used for lectures and specialized seminars, an integral part of the course sources, available on the exam site immediately after their presentation.

Assessment methods and criteria

The examination consists of one or two presentations of a specialized topic chosen from a series proposed by the teacher. The presentation, lasting about 90 minutes, is made in the presence of the teacher and other students of the course. Based on the quality of the presentation (understanding of the topic, its collocation in the context of the general theme, exhibit clarity) and on the knowledge of the topics discussed in the course, the teacher will give a valuation. The student can accept this evaluation as a final vote or ask for a supplementary interview to modify that evaluation.

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