Nanoscience, physics and chemistry of advanced materials
- Course Type: Undergraduate
- Course Code: TR076
- No. of Places: 10
- Min Entry Points 2012: 515* points
- Duration: 4 Year(s) Full Time
- Award: B.A.
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- Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials, 4 Year(s) Full Time, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2013
- Nanoscience| Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials, 4 Year(s) Full Time, Closing Date: 08/FEB/2013
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What is Nanoscience and Advanced materials?
The ability to create new technologies or devices would not be possible without the use of advanced materials. Energy is an important issue for any new device, and making devices smaller approaching the nano-scale can reduce the energy cost, while increasing speed. These nanostructures or nanodevices can behave in surprising ways which are not like miniaturised versions of the macroscopic devices. Ultimately this behaviour is explicable by quantum mechanics but new methods of fabricating or interacting with such nanostructures is what nanoscience is all about, ideally to the benefit of technology and to people. Nanoscience incorporates applications in photonics, medical diagnostics, ultra-fast electronics and many other areas which in addition use advanced materials. Advanced materials include superconductors, polymers, lasers and optoelectronics and they can be found in applications ranging from computers and electronics, to telecommunications and broadcasting, to airlines and healthcare.
Is this the right course for you?
This course will appeal to you if you are interested in science and have a strong desire to apply your scientific skills to industries and technologies that are shaping our futures.
This degree will teach you how to use and apply the principles of chemistry and physics to solve practical problems associated with the development of new technologies and their application to the areas of nanoscience. To understand how to make, develop, control and use advanced materials, nanostructures or nanodevices it is advisable to have a thorough grounding in both chemistry and physics.
The Freshman years
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 world leading experts based in the Schools of Physics and Chemistry, and in CRANN (Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices) - www.crann.tcd.ie - which is Ireland's research centre for nanoscale materials. In the Senior Freshman (2nd year) there will be special courses on the properties of materials and other aspects of nanoscience.
There are approximately 15 hours of lectures/tutorials and 6 hours in laboratory classes each week.
The Sophister years
In the Sophister (third and fourth) years, you will study specialised courses in materials physics and chemistry.
The course in the Junior Sophister (third) year includes lectures on solid state physics and chemistry, quantum mechanics, lasers, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, macromolecules, spectroscopy, group theory, materials preparation and microelectronic technology.
The practical course will introduce you to a wide range of techniques for the synthesis, preparation and characterisation of modern materials. Some laboratory training is provided in CRANN using their state-of the art facilities in nanofabrication and nanocharacterisation.
The Senior Sophister (fourth year) course further explores nanoscience and other topics, including more advanced solid state physics and chemistry, non-linear optics, materials for electronic and optoelectronic devices, conducting and insulating polymers and metal oxides, superconductivity, surface and interface effects, computer simulation and advanced growth techniques (with specific examples of their applications in the nanosciences).
In the final year you will also carry out a research project, frequently abroad in an industrial laboratory, to become familiar with the applications of advanced materials, nanostructures or nanodevices in real-life situations. Many students do their projects in innovative research areas such as nano-technology, and smart and biomimetic materials. 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; and the University of Potsdam (UniversitÃ€t Potsdam) Germany.
You will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and end-of-year examinations.
Many students carry out their final year project abroad, mainly in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany or the USA. This allows students to develop their practical skills in materials science and to learn about different countries and cultures.
This degree will provide you with a flexible qualification for employment in cutting-edge high technology industries, such as the semiconductor, polymer and optical industries. There are also opportunities to carry out postgraduate study in advanced materials, a key research area in Trinity College itself.
Did you know?
- Many graduates from this course go on to do research in the CRANN research centre for nanoscale materials. It is housed in the new Naughton Institute in Trinity College and has state of the art facilities for research into the nanoworld. CRANN was pioneered by the Schools of Physics and Chemistry in Trinity College.
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