Nanoscience: Physical Sciences
B.A. (Moderatorship) ; 4 years full-time ; CAO code: TR063
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What is Nanoscience?
Creation of new technologies and devices would not be possible without mastery of advanced materials at the nanoscale. Making devices at the nanoscale can reduce energy costs while increasing speed or adding functionality. Nanodevices may behave in novel ways, not simply miniature versions of macroscopic devices. Nanoscience incorporates applications in energy conversion and storage, photonics, medical diagnostics, ultra-fast electronics and other areas including polymers, lasers, and optoelectronics, and industries such as electronics, telecommunications, healthcare and aerospace. Students in Nanoscience learn the basic physics and chemistry underlying these applications and how they relate to these applications and industries.
Nanoscience: The course for you?
If you enjoy laboratory work and have the desire to apply your scientific skills to the latest technologies that shape 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 Nano devices), which is Ireland’s research centre for nanoscale materials and advanced 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.
Your degree and what you’ll study
In the first two years you study Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. This combination is available to students entering through either Physical Sciences (TR063) or entering through Chemical Sciences (TR061). The Physics course includes topics in Astrophysics, Statistics, Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electricity, Acoustics and Optics, Nuclear Physics and Quantum Physics. The Chemistry course includes the fundamental topics of organic, inorganic, physical and quantum chemistry. The Mathematics course includes topics in Calculus, Linear Algebra, Fourier Analysis and Mechanics. Students spend three hours per week in experimental or computational laboratories in Physics. You will learn transferable coding skills through the Python programming language which you use to analyse your experimental data from your physics laboratories.
In the third year you spend one day per week in the Nanoscience experimental laboratory where you are introduced to a wide range of experimental techniques for chemical synthesis, preparation and characterisation of nanoscale materials as well as experimental involving fundamental physical and chemical principles relevant to materials research. Some laboratory training is provided in CRANN using state of the art facilities.
THIRD YEAR LECTURE MODULES
Quantum Physics, Quantum Mechanics in Physical Chemistry, Molecular Thermodynamics and Kinetics, Solid State Materials Chemistry, Analytical Methods, Electromagnetism, Crystal Structure and Electronic Properties, Semiconductor Physics and Magnetic Materials.
FOURTH YEAR LECTURE MODULES
Nanoscience, Photonics and Non-Linear Optics, Quantum and Solid State Chemistry, Computer Simulation and Molecular Dynamics, Materials Chemistry and Photochemistry, Semiconductor Devices and Superconductivity, Advanced topics including Polymers, Thin Films and Diffraction, Imaging and Spectroscopy of Nanostructures.
If you would like more detailed information on the modules offered, see: www.tcd.ie/nanoscience/undergraduate
You may undertake your fourth year Capstone project at a research institute or university in the EU or further afield, provided you attain a sufficient standard in the third year examinations. Recent examples of laboratories where projects have taken place include the IMEC micro- and nano-electronics research centre in Leuven, Belgium; Stanford University, California; The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California; the University of Alberta, Canada, the University of Wollongong, Australia; Humboldt University, Berlin, the University of Potsdam in Germany and Soochow University, China.
Further information on the year abroad programme for second or third year students, and a list of partner universities, can be found at: www.tcd.ie/study/non-eu/study-abroad
A Maths/Physics Open Day is held in November each year, see: www.tcd.ie/Physics/outreach/open-days/
Dahnan Spurling, Nanoscience Graduate
“I graduated with a degree in N-PCAM (Nanoscience – Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials) in 2017. After I graduated I received funding from the Irish Research Council and Intel to undertake a PhD in Prof. Valeria Nicolosi’s group here in CRANN. I’m working on the synthesis and 3D printing of nanomaterials for electronic devices and it is a project that is a wonderful mix of materials science and engineering. A vast amount of nanoscale research is carried out in Trinity and understanding the often-strange properties and interactions of nanomaterials is enabling huge advances in the technology we rely on. For me, the best aspect was that Nanoscience gives you a comprehensive foundation in both physics and chemistry meaning that you have the practical skills as well as theoretical knowledge to continue in a near limitless array of academic and industrial fields.”
4 years full-time
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