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Nanomaterials and Nanophysics, Specialisation

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Nanomaterials and Nanophysics, Specialisation

Please note! Materials and Nanotechnology is not open for admission from 2023.

The study programme has changed to Physics and Technology for which you can apply to the following two specialisations:


Nanotechnology can be used in numerous different contexts such as development of new materials and new technologies. The specialisation in Nanomaterials and Nanophysics focuses on designing, fabricating and controlling materials and components with dimensions on the nanoscale, i.e. from 1 to 100 nm. You will learn how nanotechnology can be used to develop new optic and electronic components and new materials for use in communications technology, sensor technology or catalysis. Furthermore, you will gain insight into the possibilities, issues and challenges that engineers within nanotechnology are faced with on a day-to-day basis.

An interdiscipliary field of study

When studying the two-year Master’s programme Materials and Nanotechnology with specialisation in Nanomaterials and Nanophysics, you have the opportunity to investigate the fundamental science as well as the contemporary research that make up the field of nanotechnology. You have time to immerse yourself in topics you find particularly interesting and you can take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

Applying the most advanced nanofabrication technology to materials makes it possible to obtain decisive control over their properties, and thereby construct unique materials and components with new and unexpected properties for applications within for example energy technology, communication, catalysis and data storage and processing.

Studying Nanomaterials and Nanophysics, you get to work with the special electronic and optical characteristics of nanomaterials. Moreover, you gain insight into the development of nanotools and nanodevices.

Key subjects in the programme include:

  • semiconductor physics
  • nanoelectronics
  • optoelectronics
  • nano optics
  • surface physics

In your semester projects, you and your project group will work with complex and often interdisciplinary issues in relation to nanomaterials and nanophysics that challenge you to use all of your collected knowledge to come up with possible solutions. You are encouraged to occasionally collaborate with external organisations and businesses in your projects to get an idea of the work processes and current issues in the industry. This will prepare you better for your own work life after you graduate.

This is a full-time study programme, which is characterised by problem based project work in groups. You will be working closely with other students most of the time, and you are required to be present at the university on a daily basis and spend a vast majority of your day there.

You have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities including a class 100 clean room with modern equipment for micro and nanoscale fabrication and characterisation as well as a new, fully equipped biochemistry lab including a class 1 area and state-of-the-art biophysical investigation equipment.

For further information about laboratory facilities, please see mp.aau.dk/Lab+safety-rules  

Nanobiotechnology is an interdisciplinary field of study, building on knowledge within physics, chemistry, biotechnology, mathematics, and materials science. As an expert within this field of study, you can therefore be invaluable when solving some of the significant future challenges in relation to for example health and environment.

The specialisation in Nanomaterials and Nanophysics entitles you to the designation Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Materials and Nanotechnology with specialisation in Nanomaterials and Nanophysics). 

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During the Master’s programme in Materials and Nanotetechnology with specialisation in Nanomaterials and Nanophysics, you will be introduced to theory, fundamental challenges and contemporary research and technology within this field of study. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in topics you find particularly interesting and combine your theoretical knowledge with practical experiments in the laboratory.

You will work with topics such as:

  • Materials chemistry
  • Semiconductors
  • Characterisation and synthesis
  • Functional nanostructures
  • Optical nanostructures and materials
  • Computational modelling
  • Advanced applications of nanotechnology

The teaching combines lectures, laboratory work and project work. During each of the first two semesters, you will split your time equally between three 5 ECTS courses and one 15 ECTS semester project. The courses will provide you with the basic knowledge, and the projects will allow you to dig deeper into the matter and focus on particular topics. The projects are typically done in small groups.

The study programmes at AAU are based on problem based learning and project work, which gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice in your semester projects, which will prepare you better for your future career.

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