Nanotechnlogies and Nanodevices


The course will expose the student to the world of nanotechnology and its principles, with special emphasis on nanophotonics. The course will describe the wide range of nano-materials, their chemical and physical properties and their application. The student will be exposed to a variety of imaging methods of nanostructures. The course will describe nano-devices that combine electrical activity, optical or biological and will reveal the principles behind them. The course will allow the students to be exposed to a multidisciplinary subject which includes all areas of sciences and advanced technological applications.


1. Introduction to Nanotechnology: History, inspiration, purpose, meaning nanoscale size.
2. Nanotechnology principles: Top-down method compared to the bottom-up technique, self-assembly (SAM), expression properties that are not manifested at the macro scale, the effect of surface volume ratio.
3. Effect of particles sizes on properties of nanomaterials: Thermal properties, electrical properties, lattice constant, phase transformation, optical properties
4. Nano-materials and Nano structures: Classification of nano-materials, chemical structures, physical properties and manufacturing. Quantum dots, inorganic nanoparticles, organic nanoparticles and biomaterials. Nano-structures: nanowires and nano-pores.
5. Nanolithography and nanoprinting: Optic Nanolithography, e-beam lithography, Imprint nanolithography, Contact lithography, Soft lithography, Printing by Atomic Force Microscope, Molecular printing and Magnetic lithography.
6. Nano Imaging: Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM&STEM), Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM).
7. Nano electronic and Nano photonic: Molecular electronic and nanoelectronic devices, applying of nanomaterials in solar cell, producing transparence and flexible chips by organic-conductive devices, applying nanomaterials for fuel cell.
8. Characterization of Nanomaterials: X-ray diffraction (XRD), Piezo Force Microscopy (PFM), Near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM).
9. Introduction of bio-nanotechnology: Bio and chemo nano-sensors based of range of responses: electric, optic and piezoelectric, Bio-fuel cell, Biochips, Lab on a chip (LOC), Bio-M/NEMS, Conductive nanostructure producing by biomaterials, bio-switch.

Learning Outcomes

See Abstract


1. Geoffrey A. Ozin, Andre C. Arsenault and Ludovico Cademartiri, Nanochemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry , Cambridge UK, 2009) .
2. Korkin Anatoli and Rosei Federico, Nanoelectronics and photonics: from atoms to materials (New York, Springer, 2008).
3. Christof M. Niemeyer and Chad A. Mirkin, Nanobiotechnology: concepts, applications and perspectives (Wiley-VCH, 2004).
4. Cao G., Wang Y., Nanostructures and Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Properties and Applications (2nd Edition, World Scientific Publisher Co., Singapore, 2011)

External Evaluator

1. Prof. Alla Zak, Faculty of Engineering, HIT Holon Institute of Technology, Holon, Israel
2. Prof. Guozhong Cao, University of Washington, 302M Roberts Hall, Box 352120, Seattle, Washington USA 98195-2120.

Responsible Academic

Dr. Amir Handelman, Faculty of Engineering,
HIT Holon Institute of Technology, Holon, Israel
(in collaboration with Dr Amos Bardea)

Awarded ECTS