134.152 Introduction to Nanotechnology
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020W, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to identify nanostructures, to describe the micro- and nano fabrication, to list their applications, to summarise the research fields nano tribology and nano mechanics as well as to justify the applications of monomolecular films.

Subject of course

This lecture gives a basic introduction to the field of nanotechnology. We will deal with nanostructures, micro- and nanofabrication, micro- and nanodevices, scanning probe microscopy (with demonstrations), nanotribology and nanomechanics, monomolecular films, industrial applications as well as social and ethical implications.

Teaching methods

With the help of handouts the subjects are explained and later on discussed on examples.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Info Update 28. September 2020: Course Materials and Zoom Link are accessible via TUWEL at https://tuwel.tuwien.ac.at/course/view.php?id=32329

Info update 10. September 2020: Lectures will start on 7.10.2020 I will try, if the situation allows it, to offer some excursions and expeditions in the open air, so that we can at least sometimes see each other personally, in a safe distance outside. I am thinking here of the Botanical Garden at the Belvedere, the House of the Sea, and the Butterfly House as well as the Tropical House at Schönbrunn. There we can directly look at wonderful inspiring organisms, sometimes also with portable microscopes, which have nanotechnological relevance. e.g. Lotus leaves with lotus effect (self-cleaning, controlled water run-off, hydrophobic surfaces), structural colors in plants and animals (based on micro- and nanostructures, material-decoupled 'physical' colors as opposed to pigment-based colors) and aero- and hydrodynamically optimized organisms (penguins, box fish, bats) with functional surfaces partly based on nanostructures.



Examination modalities

Written & oral exam at the end of the semester or further along the line on appointment. Estimated duration: 45 minutes

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
28.09.2020 00:00 15.11.2020 23:59 31.12.2020 23:59



Lecture notes for this course are available Springer Handbook of Nanotechnology 3rd Edition (Editor B. Bhushan, Springer Verlag 2017)

Previous knowledge

Abgeschlossener 1. Studienabschnitt