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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

Fundamentals of Physics of Nanomaterials


Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies, second-level study programme


prof. dr. Dragan Mihailović
prof. dr. Hans Kuzmany
prof. dr. Andras Kiš
prof. dr. Christoph Gadermaier


Students become acquainted with the latest advances in the physics of nanomaterials and nanosystems. They also become prepared for physics aspects of research in nanoscience and nanotechnology.


1. Introduction to nanophysics
2. Nanomagnetism
3. Low-dimensional materials
4. Carbon nanostructures
5. Nanowires: basic properties and applications
6. Phase separation on the nanoscale and Functional properties of phase separated systems
7. Bio-nanophysics

Course literature:

C.Kittel “Introduction to Solid State Physics”, 8th edition (Wiley 2005), particularly chapters 18 and 19.
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)
Nanoelectronics and information technology, Reiner Waser (Ed.) (Wiley, 2005)
Various papers in recent literature.

Significant publications and references:

Origin of ferromagnetic exchange interactions in a fullerene-organic compound. Bakhyt Narymbetov, Ales Omerzu, Viktor V. Kabanov, Madoka Tokumoto, Hayao Kobayashi & Dragan Mihailovic Nature, 407, 883 (2000)
Orientational and magnetic ordering buckyballs in TDAE-C60. MIHAILOVIC, Dragan, ARCON, Denis, VENTURINI, Peter, BLINC, Robert, OMERZU, Aleš, CEVC, Pavel, Science, 268, 400 (1995)
Self-assembly of subnanometer diameter single wall MoS2 nanotubes. M. Remskar, A. Mrzel, Zora Skraba, Adolf Jesih, Miran Ceh, Jure Demsar, Pierre Stadelman, Francis Levy and D. Miahailovic, Science 292, 479 (2001)
Electrical conductivity in dynamically orientationally disordered systems: ac and dc measurements in ferromagnetic single crystals of TDAE-C60. OMERZU, Aleš, MIHAILOVIC, Dragan, TOMIC, S., MILAT, O..., BISKUP, N. Phys. Rev. Lett., 77, 2045. (1996)
Superconducting Gap Dc, the Pseudogap Dp, and Pair Fluctuations above Tc in Overdoped Y1-xCaxBa2Cu3O7-d from Femtosecond Time-Domain Spectroscopy, Demsar et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 4918-21 (1999)
Finite wave vector Jahn-Teller pairing and superconductivity in the cuprates. MIHAILOVIC, Dragan, KABANOV, Viktor V. Phys. Rev., B, Condens. matter mater. phys., 63, 054505-1-054505-8 (2001)


Written and oral examination.

Students obligations:

Regular attendance and active contribution to class discussion.