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Dear PhD Students and Students!

We would like to invite you to take part in the nanotechnology courses, offered by the Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology. That special program is composed of seven subjects, taught entirely in English. It is a unique opportunity to discover more about the nanoscience, which is nowadays one of the most developing branch of science.

The program is based on the practical approach, including the trainings in the modern laboratories of ACMiN, using the state-of-the art apparatus for fabrication and characterization of materials and nanostructures. All the courses will be given by the scientists working at our Centre. You can find below a short description of all the courses and the links to syllabus.

Go ahead and check out our program!  

How to enroll?

To enroll to the courses visit and log in with your Student No. and Virtual University password (if the system does not recognize your password you can reset it with I don't remember my password link using your Student No.). After selecting the course from the list you have to put it in the cart and confirm your selection in My courses panel with Submit button. Your selection needs to be approved by the Dean of your faculty, who will be informed about your choice automatically. The enrollment is now open and will close on 24 February.



Technical Photochemistry and Photophysics

The main purpose of the course is to explore basic theory of interactions of light with matter and basic photophysical and photochemical processes. The course participants gain a basic knowledge about photomaterials and their application in medicine (fluorescent labelling, fluorescent chemisensors, photoactive materials in therapy, cosmetic photoprotective filters, plant and animal pigments), information processing systems (photography, photocopying, optical discs, displays, thermal and self-copying paper), environmental protections systems (photocatalysts for air and water purification, self-cleaning and self-sterilizing surfaces, superhydrophobicity and superhydrophylicity) and many other.

Molecular Information Processing

The course encompasses basic notions related to molecular machines with special emphasis on information processing at molecular level. The course introduces the basics of the Boolean algebra and digital information processing as well as Moore’s law and principles of operation of logic gates. The course participants gain knowledge how to control motion in supramolecular systems and application of supramolecular systems as information carriers.

Molecular Nanoelectronics

The course consists of three parts. The first part deals with basic principles of classical electronics: construction and operational properties of basic active components, structure and fabrication technology of monolithic integrated circuits. Technological and physical limits of classical electronic semiconducting devices are also included in this part. The second part is mostly devoted to synthesis, properties and electronic structure of molecular precursors used in molecular electronics. Properties critical for applications of these materials in electronics are especially emphasized. The third part of the course discusses techniques used for fabrication and investigation of nanoelectronic structures using single molecules and thin layers. Organic field effect transistors, organic photovoltaic systems and molecular optoelectronic switches are described in detail.

Advanced Methods in Scanning Electron Microscopy

The course encompasses advanced topics in the field of modern scanning electron microscopy and additional systems dedicated for chemical composition analysis EDS, WDS and crystallography EBSD. Lectures topics will cover analytical possibilities of modern microscopes in relation to industrial and fundamental investigations (the measurement of microstructure parameters of solid object – grain size, degree of deformation, phase type and distribution). Students will be introduced to fundamentals of electron – material interaction by qualitative and quantitative description using the Monte Carlo simulation. Topics presented during lectures will be practiced with the use of various metallic samples during laboratory classes at Laboratory of Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Diffraction.

  • Academic teacher: dr inż. Tomasz Tokarski
  • Module ECTS credits: 4
  • Course: lectures (30 h), laboratory classes (30 h)
  • Master course, PhD course (especially students from WIMIC, WIMiIP, WO, WMN, WFiIS faculties)
  • Semester: fall
  • Syllabus
  • Course information in ESA platform



Nanoscale Functional Materials

The course is focused on the functional properties of materials and their modification in the nanoscale. Introduction to electronic, sensing, magnetic, and mechanic properties of inorganic and organic materials is followed by description of the state-of-the-art methods of synthesis of nanomaterials and/or nanostructuring. A review of experimental techniques used for the characterization of nanoscale materials and their functional properties is given as well. During the laboratory classes students’ teams participate in the preparation of selected nanoscale functional materials and their analysis by means of diffraction, microscopy, spectroscopy, magnetometry, and/or magnetotransport techniques. During the project classes students’ teams propose and discuss a new type of nanoscale material of their choice – the material that might be produced using synthesis and fabrication techniques they have become familiar during laboratory classes.

  • Academic teacher: dr hab. inż. Marcin Sikora, prof. AGH
  • Module ECTS credits: 6
  • Course: lectures (15 h), seminars (15 h), laboratory classes (15 h)
  • Master course, PhD course
  • Semester: fall (from academic year 2018/19)
  • Syllabus
  • Course information in ESA platform

Applications of Synchrotron Radiation

The course is introducing future materials engineers and scientists to the unique characterization techniques available at synchrotron and X-ray laser facilities. Introduction to the properties and production methods of electromagnetic radiation is given followed by description of the physical phenomena observed when intensive UV and X-rays interact with matter. Several lectures is devoted to the review of the state-of-the-art characterization techniques and advantage of using synchrotron light in materials characterization. Laboratory classes are focused on sample preparation techniques, performing own measurements (at Solaris synchrotron) and analysis of their data. During seminar classes, students present the principals and selected applications of specific synchrotron based method used for physicochemical characterization of different classes of materials.

  • Academic teacher: dr hab. inż. Marcin Sikora, prof. AGH
  • Module ECTS credits: 5
  • Course: lectures (18 h), seminars (9 h), laboratory classes (18 h)
  • Master course, PhD course
  • Semester: fall
  • Syllabus
  • Course information in ESA platform

Computational Methods for Nanosystems and Correlated Electron Systems

The classes will cover necessary theoretical formalism and computer laboratory exercises with the use of high performance cluster. The emphasis will be placed on discussing the principal experimental effects in the field of physics of nanostructures and then carrying out numerical calculations on the computer which reproduce the given effect. Selected problems are to be solved by the students as calculation projects with the use of the KWANT package.The topics covered by the course include: quantum size effect; description of electron transport through nanostructures; electron transport in the presence of magnetic field; Coulomb blockade and the influence of electronic interactions on the features of the system; introduction to the description of many electron systems in the representation of second quantization; selected calculation methods dedicated to correlated electron systems formulated in the representation of second quantization.