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NanoPhysics and Nanochemistry


Programme (detailed contents):


Nanoelectronics and Spintronics :

- Transport regime and charcarteristic lengths

- Spin polarized transport ;

- Magnetic properties of multilayers;

- Applications in spintronics.


Nanochimie et Plasmonique :

- Chemical synthesis of nanoparticles – metals, semiconducting particles, oxides – nucleation and growth in liquid phase – shape and size control;

- Basics in colloids science; self-assembly; surface functionalization ;; Applications in biology and medicine;

- Contribution of chemistry to the control of physical properties and model nano-objects;

- Nanoparticle integration: devices and sensors;

- Metal nanoparticles and nanostructues : Propagative plasmons, localized plasmons

Applications to the steady regime : Dynamics of the energy transfer and application to photothermic ;



Nanoelectronics and Spintronics: 20h of lecture

Nanochemistry and Plasmonics: 20hof lecture


This UF is a theoretical approach of the main concepts of nanoelectronics, spintronics and plasmonics, on one hand, surface physics and chemistry and near field physics, on the other hand. This UF is completed by an introduction to nanochemistry.



The educational objectives are twofold:

  - Acquire scientific knowledge related to the physics and chemistry of nanostructured solids, low dimensionality solids and surfaces;

  - to give to the student the possibility to link these knowledge to synthesize, observe and understand the properties of nano-objects and nanostructures and use them in various applications like electronic devices or biology. 


The student will be able to:

 - describe the main phenomena relative to electron transport (spin polarized or not) in low dimensionality systems and to explain the main applications in spintronics;

- describe the physics of surface plasmons in metal nanostructures and illustrate it by practical applications;

- describe the main features of the chemical syntheses of nano-objects, their fonctionalization and their advantages for low cost devices and biological applications;

Needed prerequisite

- Master 1 in Physics, Applied Physics or equivalent

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...