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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Nano-materials and nano-technology


School Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Course Level Undergraduate
Direction Chemical Engineering
Course ID CHE 403 Semester 7th
Course Category Required
Course Modules Instruction Hours per Week ECTS


T=3, E=0, L=0

Course Type Scientific area
Instruction/Exam Language Greek
The course is offered to Erasmus students Yes
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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course the students will acquire new knowledge and specific skills on the following subjects and will be able to:

  1. Synthesize, by means of various advanced and well-controlled methods, nanostructures and nanocomposites of their choice and to classify them into categories of similar targeted properties.
  2. Have specialized knowledge in nanomaterials of special categories (eg carbon-based materials, mesoporous, zeolite and microporous, clays and layered double hydroxides (LDH), ceramics, metals, semiconductors, catalytic, polymeric) and in their various applications.
  3. Be able to select and / or produce smart nanomaterials for application in state-of-the-art technologies, such as: Hydrogen technologies, Biomimetic materials and biocatalysis, Biomedical and pharmaceutical technologies.
General Competencies/Skills
  • Review, analysis and synthesis of data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Project design and management
  • Work in interdisciplinary environment


  1. Introduction – Definitions Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology -Nanomaterials classification
  2. Synthetic methods for materials preparation in nano dimensions: introduction, ceramic methods (solid state reactions), microwave synthesis, sol-gel method, template method («chemical engineering»), precursor method,
  3. Hydrothermal methods, chemical vapour deposition (CVD), vapour phase epitaxial growth (VPE), molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), chemical vapour transport (CVT),
  4. Intercalation reactions, Langmuir-Blodgett method, Method selection rules.
  5. Carbon nanostructured materials: fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, graphene, graphene oxide, carbon nanodiscs, carbon nanodots, mesoporous carbons, carbon cuboids, hierarchical porous carbons, etc.
  6. Mesoporous materials: Introduction –classification of porous materials, mesoporous silica materials (MCM-41, SBA-15), periodic mesoporous organosilicas (PMOs), ordered porous carbons OPCs (CMK-3 & 3DOM/m), metal organic frameworks (ΜΟFs), covalent organic frameworks (COFs).
  7. Zeolites and other microporous materials: classification of silicate materials, structure, properties, synthesis, reactions, applications.
  8. Clays and layered double hydroxides (LDH): structure, properties, reactions, applications, pillared clays, clay/polymer nanocomposites.
  9. Other layered (2D) materials: germanane, silicene, transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), MoS2, fluorographene, hBN (‘white graphene’) MXenes, ‘black phosphorous’ κ.ά.
  10. Nanoparticles (ceramic, metallic, semiconducting, catalytic, polymeric, carbon-based, lipid-based): classification, properties, applications, preparative methods, characterization, health and safety.
  11. Applications forHydrogen technologies: hydrogen storage materials, fuel Cells, water splitting.
  12. Applications in Biomimetic materials and biocatalysis: biomineralization, biomimetic principles of materials chemistry, enzyme immobilization on nanomaterials.
  13. Medical uses of nanostructured materials: materials for Drug Delivery, Detection, Imaging, Hyperthermia.


Lecture Method Direct (face to face)

Use of Information and Communication Technology

  • Power point presentations
  • E-class support
Instruction Organisation Activity Workload per Semester
- Lectures 39
- Autonomous study 111
Course Total 150

Assessment Method

Ι. Written final examination (80%).

ΙΙ. Literature review-homework (20%).


Course Instructor: Associate Professor P. Panagiotopoulou (Faculty - ChEnvEng)
Lectures: New Faculty member (Faculty-ChEnvEng)