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Nanoscience and Technology

Nanoscience and Technology is an interdisciplinary major offered by the School of Physics and the School of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies. Units of study in this major are available at Normal and Advanced level.

Program structure and content

Nanoscience and Technology is directed at students interested in understanding the emerging science of working and building at and near the molecular level. It incorporates study of the fundamental sciences in order to understand the structure of matter, as well as technological elements of the mechanical properties of materials. Students undertaking this major are strongly encouraged to take suitable units from the Faculty of Engineering in combination with physics and chemistry.

A student seeking to complete this major should study physics and chemistry in their Junior and Intermediate years together with some engineering and mathematics. In the Senior year it is possible to focus on two of the three discipline areas, or to continue studying elements of all three. This major may also be seen as a complement to a traditional major in chemistry or physics. Refer to Table 1 for an enrolment guide. Engineering units are described in the engineering handbook.

First year planning for a Nanoscience and Technology major

Recommended: A combination of Junior Physics, Junior Chemistry and Junior Mathematics.

Requirements for a major

A major in Nanoscience and Technology requires 24 credit points of study at senior level taken from the following:

  • CHEM3112/3912
  • CHEM3116/3916
  • PHYS3039/3939
  • PHYS3099/3999
  • MECH3361
  • MECH3362


Students undertaking honours do so in specific projects in areas such as Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Contact and further information

Professor David Reilly

T +61 2 9351 8167