Materials and Nanotechnology, Master

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During the Master’s programme in Materials and Nanotetechnology with specialisation in Nanomaterials and Nanophysics, you will be introduced to theory, fundamental challenges and contemporary research and technology within this field of study. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in topics you find particularly interesting and combine your theoretical knowledge with practical experiments in the laboratory.

You will work with topics such as:

  • Materials chemistry
  • Semiconductors
  • Characterisation and synthesis
  • Functional nanostructures
  • Optical nanostructures and materials
  • Computational modelling
  • Advanced applications of nanotechnology

The teaching combines lectures, laboratory work and project work. During each of the first two semesters, you will split your time equally between three 5 ECTS courses and one 15 ECTS semester project. The courses will provide you with the basic knowledge, and the projects will allow you to dig deeper into the matter and focus on particular topics. The projects are typically done in small groups.

The study programmes at AAU are based on problem based learning and project work, which gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice in your semester projects, which will prepare you better for your future career.



This semester, you are introduced to advanced methods for synthesis and characterisation of nanostructures and nanomaterials. In your semester project, you can focus on for example optical spectroscopy of nanostructures, nanolithography and advanced microscopy (e.g. electron microscopy and scanning probe microscopy).


  • Materials Chemistry (5 ECTS)
  • Synthesis and Characterisation (5 ECTS)
  • Semiconductor Physics (5 ECTS)


  • Characterisation and Synthesis (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Microelectromechanical systems
  • Characterisation of reflectans from solar cells surfaces
  • Fabrication of silicon nanowire transistors
  • The Magneto-optic kerr effect
  • The graphene touchscreen
  • Microstructured solar cell substartes
  • Fabrication of metal clusters using magnetron sputtering


On your second semester, you will work with advanced methods for creating functional nanostructures. You will investigate possible applications and properties (electronic, magnetic, chemical, etc.) of the created nanostructures. Furthermore, through application of micro and macroscopic modelling, you will be able to describe the properties and functionality of nanostructures.


  • Nanostructures and materials (5 ECTS)
  • Nano-optics  (5 ECTS)
  • Surface Science (5 ECTS)


  • Functional Nanostructures (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Failure analysis of power semiconductors
  • Functional nanostructures; carbon-60 studied by scanning tunnelling microscopy
  • Failure mechanics in metallised film capacitors
  • Characterisation and modelling of carbon nanotubes
  • Synthesis, characterisation and modelling of silicon solar cells
  • Thin film solar cells



During this semester, you investigate applications of nanostructures in various fields of technology, which will give you experience with applying nanotechnology within a chosen technological area. Applied aspects of nanotechnology are given particular focus.

Alternatively, you can choose one of the following options:

  • You can do an internship in Denmark or abroad, where you take part in the day-to-day operations in the business. During the internship, you will write a project about one or more of your tasks during the process
  • You can study a semester at another educational institution abroad or in Denmark
  • You can do a regular semester at AAU with courses and project work
  • You can begin your Master’s thesis, so your work is spread out over both your 3rd and 4th semester

Aalborg University has collaboration agreements with universities around the world, and the programme’s research environment has a wide range of internship contacts.

Find out more about studying abroad and internships here.


  • Nanoelectronics (5 ECTS)
  • Optoelectronics* (5 ECTS)
  • Solid Mechanics with Microstructure* (5 ECTS)

* Optoelectronics and Solid Mechanics with Microstructure can be exchanged by other elective modules such as the modules offered by the school or university.


  • Advanced Applications of Nanotechnology (15 ECTS)

example of pROJEcT topic

  • Near-field electrospinning of inorganic zink-oxide nanowires


On the fourth semester, you write your Master’s thesis, where you draw on all the knowledge, experience and skills you have acquired during your studies. Depending on your topic choice, the thesis will be in the nature of developmental work, further development, or actual research.

master’s thesis

  • Topic of own choice (30 ECTS)

examples of thesis topics

  • Bio-oils as compatibilisers for nanoclays in linear low density polyethylene
  • Experimental investigation and mathematical modelling of the mechanical response of hydrogels


Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

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