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Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Structural Analysis of Nanomaterials

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee and NPTEL via Swayam


Structural analysis of nanomaterials is an important part of Materials Science and Nanoscience & Nanotechnology which deals with the study of crystal structure of materials and their defects. It is a prerequisite for the understanding of properties of nanomaterials to have a detailed knowledge of the structure from the atomic/molecular (local) level to the crystal structure and to the microstructure (mesoscopic scale and defect structure). The primary goal of structural analysis of nanomaterials is aiming at both investigating the structure-property relationship and discovering new properties, in order to achieve relevant improvements in current state-of-the art materials.INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG & PG students of Metallurgy, Nano Science & Nanotechnology, Chemical Engg, Chemistry, Physics, Aerospace Engg, Material Science and Mechanical Engg.etc. , R&D personals in industriesPREREQUISITES : NilINDUSTRY SUPPORT : Nanotech based industries: Nanoshel; Adnano Technologies; Mittal Enterprises; Ultrananotech; Reinste Nano Ventures; etc.


Week 1 :Introduction: Fundamental concepts of atomic structure and interatomic bonding, Structure of materials, Defects in structure of materials, Phase diagram: Determination of phases, Transformation of phases.
Week 2 : Basic properties: Metals, Basic properties: Ceramics , Basic properties: Polymers, Selection of nanomaterials, Structure property relationship of advanced nanomaterials.
Week 3 :Introduction to X-Ray Spectroscopy, Diffraction direction and methods of XRD, Determination of crystal structures by XRD Pattern, Precise parameter measurements, Orientation of single crystals.
Week 4 :Qualitative analysis by diffraction, Quantitative analysis by diffraction, Microscopic structural analysis of nanomaterials-I, Microscopic structural analysis of nanomaterials-II, Other characterization used.

Taught by

Prof. Kaushik Pal



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