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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

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SI-1000 Ljubljana

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Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies

Programme Description

Nanoscience is an emerging field, which researches the nature and the use of systems by using components of nanometre size. It comprises an assortment of scientific areas with potential applications in almost all branches of industry. The basic goal of nanoscience is to understand the structure and dynamics of materials at the atomic and molecular level on which their macroscopic properties are based. By understanding how to micromanipulate atoms and molecules it is possible to create new molecules, devices and machines with completely unique properties and applications. As examples, we can cite projects for building atomic size computer components on silicon chips, constructing new molecules that can sense particular viruses and bacteria, magnets at the level of molecules, micromotors, and molecules that can use sunlight to control environmental pollutants.

Basic Objectives of the Programme

The basic objectives of the programme are to qualify the candidate for:

  • independent or team research and development work,
  • work on applied projects in industry,
  • mastering the methods and techniques of scientific research,
  • international integration of research and development work,
  • resolving issues associated with the transfer and adaptation of new technologies,
  • performing management functions in business, administration, conducting research, and in research management.

Research Areas

The Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Programme is a cross-disciplinary postgraduate study programme comprising the following research areas:

  • Nanomaterials and nanochemistry,
  • Nanophysics (including the physics of ultrathin layers, physics of nanotubes, physics of lateral nanostructures, physics of quantum dots, and methods for the analysis of nanostructures and the nanomanipulation of atoms and molecules),
  • Structural and molecular biology and nanobiotechnology,
  • Nanomechanics (including the mechanics of time dependent materials).

All the courses include the provision of basic skills for successful communication with experts in the areas of economic and civil law, corporate microeconomics and project management, and the basics of sustainable development.

Special emphasis will be placed on research into:

  • Nanocomposites and hybrid materials,
  • "Smart" ceramic materials and thin films,
  • Submicron fibres,
  • Nanochemistry involving the synthesis of new molecules through the manipulation of individual atoms,
  • Structural and molecular biology as prerequisites for utilizing knowledge of the human genome, understanding biological functions of particular proteins and the processes involving them,
  • Biomaterials, particularly new types of agents and direct delivery of agents to the target sites,
  • Molecular motors,
  • "Smart" ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics,
  • Organic and inorganic nanotubes, nanowires and quantum dots,
  • "Smart" gels,
  • Materials potentially usable for miniaturizing electronic components and elements for quantum computers,
  • Materials usable for “spintronics” where spins are used instead of electrons to perform logic and other operations, and where a new degree of miniaturization is expected,
  • New research techniques and methods to study the structure and dynamics of nanomaterials.

Similarly, there is a possibility for developing new areas in chemistry and pharmacy where new compounds are synthesized at the molecular level. The programme thus integrates a number of natural science and technical disciplines. Special emphasis is placed on the project-based research work of students, mentors and professors as an integral part of the study programme. Target knowledge and skills, which will be obtained by students in the areas of civil and commercial law, microeconomics, patent and intellectual property law, and the methods of raising "venture" capital, should enable the students, upon the completion of their studies, to better communicate with experts in these areas in order to develop and commercialize the results of nanotechnological research.

Years 1 and 2

The selection of courses is based on the credit framework. The candidate shall collect 60 credits from the organized form of lectures and 60 credits from individual work in research. The candidate can also obtain credits from other related study programmes at the local or foreign institutions of higher education with prior consent of the Senate. Individual research work within master’s degree studies is intended for preparation of the master’s thesis.

Credit Framework

YearLecture CreditsIndividual Research WorkAll CreditsMinimum requirement for advancing into next year
All Years6060120-


Economics for Researchers, 3 ECTS
Industrial Expert Knowledge and Project Work, 3 ECTS
Innovation Management, 3 ECTS
Concept of Sustainable Development, 3 ECTS
Corporate Law and Dispute Settlement, 3 ECTS