CHEM 750/7500 - Nanotechniques

Semester: Spring 2024

Professor: K. T. Leung | Discipline: Physical | Campus: Waterloo


Introduction to basic principles of the common tools used for materials research and nanosciences; hands-on training of sample preparation, use and operation as well as data analysis involving common nanotool instrument systems, including light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and related techniques, X-ray diffraction, optical spectroscopy and/or electron spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy.


References only. Course and exam materials will be based primarily on Leung’s in-class Lecture Notes.

Brandon, W.D. Kaplan, “Microstructural Characterization of Materials”, 2nd ed., Wiley, Chicester (2008).


FIVE EXPERIMENTAL MODULES, each will involve a short lab report as part of evaluation 15 ± 5 %
Final Exam 25%
Total 100 %


Week Ref. Topics
1   Brief introduction to the different modules and scope of the course.
2   MODULES 1-5 – Each module will include brief introduction to the basic principle behind the technique, standard operating procedure of the machine on hand, and individual experimentation.
3   MODULES 1-5
4   MODULES 1-5
5   MODULES 1-5
6   MODULES 1-5


  • Wed: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm in C2 278 (Lecture)
  • Tue: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm in C2 081 (Lab)
  • Thu: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm in C2 081 (Lab)

Office Hours

Office: C2-066A (Tel: 519-888-4567 x35826); Lab: C2-060-66. E-mail: [email protected].