Nanoscience, physics and chemistry of advanced materials
B.A.; 20 places
What is Nanoscience?
The ability to create new technologies or functional devices would not be possible without mastering advanced materials at the nanoscale. New methods of fabricating/interacting with such nanostructures is what nanoscience is all about. Nanoscience incorporates applications in energy, photonics, medical diagnostics, ultra-fast electronics and many other areas. These include superconductors, polymers, lasers and optoelectronics, and affect industries such as electronics, telecommunications, healthcare and even airlines. Nanodevices may behave in surprising ways, unlike miniaturised versions of macroscopic devices. Making devices smaller by approaching the nanoscale can reduce energy costs, while increasing speed or adding functionality. Further energy conversion and storage are important research fields of advanced materials.
Nanoscience: The course for you?
If you enjoy laboratory work and have the desire to apply your scientific skills to industries and technologies that are shaping our world, then this may be the course for you.
Nanoscience @ Trinity
Studying nanoscience at Trinity offers you the opportunity to learn from world-leading experts based in the Schools of Physics and Chemistry, and in CRANN (Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices), which is Ireland’s research centre for nanoscale materials. This degree will teach you how to use and apply principles of chemistry and physics to solve practical problems associated with the development of new technologies and their application to nanoscience.
Graduate skills and career opportunities
The Nanoscience degree is recognised by the Institute of Physics, which is the professional body for physicists in Ireland and the UK. This degree will provide graduates with a flexible qualification for employment in cutting-edge high technology industries such as the semiconductor, polymer and optical industries. Our graduates will be strongly sought after in the knowledge economy, where their interdisciplinary training in physics and chemistry will give them a clear edge in solving practical problems in high-tech industry. There are also opportunities to carry out postgraduate study in nanoscience, a key research area in Trinity itself with world-class facilities in CRANN (www.crann.tcd.ie). Graduates of the course are now working in a range of fields, including multinationals such as Intel, indigenous start-ups and in further academic research.
Your degree and what you’ll study
In the first two years, you will follow the Science (TR071) programme, taking chemistry, physics and mathematics. There will be special tutorials on historical and modern aspects of nanoscience and materials science from leading experts based in the Schools of Physics and Chemistry. There are approximately 15 hours of lectures/tutorials and 6 hours of laboratory classes per week.
THIRD (JUNIOR SOPHISTER) YEAR
In third year, students really begin to specialise in Nanoscience. Six hours per week are spent in the specialised nanoscience teaching laboratory, where you will be introduced to a wide range of techniques for the synthesis, preparation and characterisation of nanoscale materials. Additional laboratory training is provided in CRANN using their state of the art facilities.
- Quantum Mechanical Concepts in Physical Chemistry
- Molecular Thermodynamics and Kinetics
- Solid State Materials
- Analytical Methods
- Quantum Mechanics
- Electromagnetic Interactions I
- Condensed Matter I and II
- Practical in Nanoscience and Advanced Materials
FOURTH (SENIOR SOPHISTER) YEAR
The fourth year course further explores nanoscience theory and its applications, including more advanced solid state physics and chemistry, non-linear optics, materials for electronic and optoelectronic devices, computer simulation and advanced growth techniques. In this year, students also carry out a major research project, where they become familiar with the applications of advanced materials, nanostructures or nanodevices in real-life situations. The project can take place in Trinity or can be pursued abroad in an academic or industrial research laboratory.
- Advanced Physical Chemistry II
- Materials Chemistry I and II
- Condensed Matter III
- Advanced Topics for Nanoscience
- Modern Optics
- Practical in Nanoscience
If you would like more detailed information on all the modules offered, see: www.tcd.ie/nanoscience/undergraduate
Many students carry out their final year research project abroad, mainly in Belgium, France, Germany, North America or China. Recent examples of laboratories where projects have taken place, include the IMEC micro- and nano-electronics research centre in Leuven, Belgium; The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California; the University of Alberta, Canada, the University of Wollongong, Australia, and the University of Potsdam (Universität Potsdam), Germany.
Further information on the course programme and a list of partner universities, can be found at: www.tcd.ie/nanoscience/undergraduate/ss
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A Maths/Physics Open Day is held in November each year, see: www.physics.tcd.ie/outreach
Tel: +353 1 896 1675 / 2024
Number of Places
CAO code (Central Applications Office code) isTR076
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