Nanotechnology for Energy Systems

Module number: EI70740

Duration: 1 Semester

Recurrence: Winter semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Alessio Gagliardi

Amount of work

Class attendance: 60

Private study: 90

Total: 150

Course work and exam formalities

oral examination/presentation, 30min.


Introduction to nanotechnology. Nanomaterials and nanosystems for energy applications. Examples of nanotechnology energy production, energy storage, energy harvesting, and high voltage technologies. A look into the future: electro and photocatalysis, hydrogen production and storage. Economical implications of nanotechnology in the energy field. Through the lab, the students will work on a special energy-related project (e.g. fabrication, characterization and simulation of an organic solar cell).

Learning outcome

After sucessful completion of the module, students have acquired basic understanding of nanotechnology system with special emphasis to those which are relevant for energy applications as wll aspractical knowledge for instance about characterizations of nanoparticles that are used as active and/or electrode materials in batteries and solar cells. They know how to measure the performance of different types of solar cells. At the end of the module the students are able to analyse and evaluate energy related nanotechnology systems. They know how to present the results of their experiments in form of a scientific presenatation and have to learnt how to organize and present their work.


The student should have followed courses in materials science and physics.


Presentations, lecture notes, black board


Class notes, additional reading material, class notes and useful web sources will be provided to the students by a sharepoint system

Teaching and studying methods

The course will provide the basis for the understanding of nanotechnology systems for energy applications by lectures and provide some practical experience on how to handle such system experimentally in labs conducted in parallel to the lecture. Concerning the lab, small groups will work in coordinated fashion towards the design, realization and /or characterization of different nanotechnology systems (e.g. solar cells or energy harvesters)