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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Physics of Nanomaterials


Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, third-level study programme


prof. dr. Dragan Mihailović
prof. dr. Christoph Gadermaier


Students become acquainted with the latest advancements in the theory of nanomaterials, and prepare themselves for research work in the field of nanomaterials.


1. Overview of modern methods of statistical physics that are relevant in the theory of nanomaterials, with emphasis on the theory of phase transitions in disordered substances, e.g. in spin glasses, relaxors and nanomagnets.
2. Theory of nanotubes:
Structure of carbon and inorganic nanotubes. Symmetry, quantum numbers and selection rules.
Network dynamic of single- and multi-layer nanotubes: Phonon spectra and related properties: speed of sound, specific heat, elasticity
Raman and infrared spectra
Tribology: (in) commensurable tubes, telescopic effect (super-slip walls), phasons
Electronic properties: Electronic belts, conductivity.
Optical transitions and optical properties.

Course literature:

Latest articles from following scientific journals: Science, Nature and Physical Review Letters.

Designing the Molecular World by Philip Ball (Paperback) Princeton Univ Pr; ISBN: 0691029008; Reprint edition (1996)

Nanotechnology: Towards a Molecular Construction Kit by Arthur ten Wolde New World Ventures; ISBN: 908044961X; (1998)

Carbon Nanotubes and Related Structures by Peter J. F. Harris; Paperback, Cambridge Univ Pr (Pap Txt); ISBN: 0521005337; 1st edition (2002)

Carbon Nanotubes: Synthesis, Structure, Properties and Applications by M. S. Dresselhaus (Editor), Gene Dresselhaus (Editor), Phaedon Avouris, Springer Verlag; ISBN: 3540410864; 1st edition (2001)

Science of Fullerenes and Carbon Nanotubes by M. S. Dresselhaus (Editor), G. Dresselhaus (Editor), P. C. Eklund (Editor) Academic Press; ISBN: 0122218205; (1996)

Significant publications and references:

MIHAILOVIĆ, Dragan. Optical experimental evidence for a universal length scale for the dynamic charge inhomogeneity of cuprate superconductors. Phys. rev. lett., 2005, vol. 94, str. 207001-1-207001-4.

ZIMINA, Anna, EISEBITT, Stefan, FREIWALD, Mirko, CRAMM, Stefan, EBERHARDT, Wolfgang, MRZEL, Aleš, MIHAILOVIĆ, Dragan. Electronic structure of subnanometer diameter MoS[sub]2-I[sub]x nanotubes. Nano lett. (Print), 2004, vol. 4, str. 1749-1753.

OMERZU, Aleš, LIČER, Matjaž, MERTELJ, Tomaž, KABANOV, Viktor V., MIHAILOVIĆ, Dragan. Hole interactions with molecular vibrations on DNA. Phys. rev. lett., 2004, 93, str. 218101-1-218101-4.

KIS, András, MIHAILOVIĆ, Dragan, REMŠKAR, Maja, MRZEL, Aleš, JESIH, Adolf, PIWONSKI, Ireneusz, KULIK, Andrzej J., BENOÎT, Willy, FORRÓ, László. Shear and young's moduli of MoS[sub]2 nanotube ropes. Adv. mater. (Weinh.), 2003, vol. 15, str. 733-736.

PLOSCARU, Mihaela, JENKO, Saša, UPLAZNIK, Marko, VENGUST, Damjan, TURK, Dušan, MRZEL, Aleš, MIHAILOVIĆ, Dragan. Mo[sub]6S[sub](9-x)I[sub]x nanowire recognitive molecular-scale connectivity. Nano lett. (Print), 2007, vol. 7, no. 6, str. 1445-1448.


Type (examination, oral, coursework, project):
• seminar and oral exam

Students obligations:

• seminar and oral exam