Introduction to Materials and Nanotechnology (for High School Teachers)


Nanotechnology is the ability to create materials, devices, and systems having fundamentally new properties and functions by working at the atomic, molecular, and supramolecular. These new properties are used as the basis for the development of new technology in electronics, magnetics, optoelectronics, medical diagnostics, alternative energy, and more. This course will cover the essential concepts of nanotechnology applying them in contemporary studies in nanotechnology. Subjects will largely be discussed through referral to current scientific literature.


(1) qualitative quantum mechanics
(2) size and scale
(3) size-dependent properties (e.g., SA/V, color, mechanical properties)
(4) characterization methods (e.g., AFM, STM, SEM TEM)
(5) fabrication approaches to nanomaterials (top-down, bottom-up)
(6) the making of nanotechnology (e.g., the development of the area, interdisicplinary nature of nanotechnology)
(7) dimensionality (e.g., how many nano dimensions are in the materials? And the influence on the elctronic properties of the molecule)
(8) classification of nanomaterials (acorrding different classification methods)
(9) innovation and application of nanotechnology (current and future applications of nanotechnology)
(10) functionality

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
(1) Summarize the historical developmentof quantum mechanics
(2) Explain atomic spectra and chemical bonding using qualitative quantum mechanics
(3) rationalize the use and understand results of selected characterization methods: AFM, STM, TEM, SEM, XRD, XPS.
(4) Identify and discuss ethical issues regarding nanotechnology research and application
(5) Critically read and review current research literature in nanotechnology
(6) Build a presentation of a chosen area in nanotechnology based on synthesis of several research papers
(7) Identify the advantages, disadvantages and the potential of a chosen research.
(8) Evaluate peer presentations of different areas in nanotechnology


Sakhnini, S., & Blonder, R. (2015). Essential concepts of nanoscale science and technology for high school students based on a Delphi study by the expert community. International Journal of Science Education, 37(11), 1699-1738. doi:10.1080/09500693.2015.1035687

Blonder, R. (2010). The influence of a teaching model in nanotechnology on chemistry teachers’ knowledge and their teaching attitudes. Journal of Nano Education, 2, 67-75. doi: 10.1166/jne.2010.1004

Blonder, R. (2011). The story of nanomaterials in modern technology: An advanced course for chemistry teachers. Journal of Chemical Education, 88(1), 49-52. doi: 10.1021/ed100614f

Stevens, S., Sutherland, L. M., & Krajcik, J. S. (2009). The big ideas of nanoscale science and engineering: A guidebook for secondary teachers. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.

Basic book: Introduction to Nanoscienceand Nanomaterials, Dinesh C. Agrawal
And contemporary research papers that will be selected according the participating interests.

External Evaluator

Dr. Sohair Sakhnini (WIS)

Responsible Academic

Prof. Ron Blonder (WIS)

Awarded ECTS