Production and Characterization of Nano- and Microstructures


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge about methods and tools used for production and characterization of nano – and microstructures.
  • Must be able to understand the fundamental concepts behind the methods and tools used for production and characterization of nano – and microstructures.
  • Have gained comprehensive knowledge and understanding of fabrication and/or modelling used in the area of nano – and microscale materials.


  • Must be able to produce nano - and microstructures and investigate their properties using relevant methods and tools.
  • Must be able to evaluate the different methods used for production and characterization of nano – and microstructures.
  • Be able to choose a material or material system for a given application
  • Be able to fabricate and/or model a material or materials system for a given application
  • Be able to demonstrate understanding of the nano - or microstructured material or materials system and its influence on the desired application.
  • Be able to give a critical evaluation of the methods applied for characterization, fabrication and/or modelling of nano – and microstructured materials.
  • Compose a project report according to the norms of the scientific field, include relevant original literature and use correct academic language. Be able to communicate the project's research-based basis and problem and results in a coherent written and oral manner, including the connection between the problem formulation, the project's execution and the main conclusions.
  • Evaluate and select relevant original literature and current scientific methods, models and other tools used in the project work, as well as assess the project's problem in relevant technical scientific context.


  • Must have obtained the skills to produce and characterize nano – and microstructures by using relevant tools and methods.
  • Be able to apply experimental methods and/or numerical models to validate a given hypothesis.
  • Be able to use advanced experimental and/or numerical techniques within the field of nano – and micro-structured materials.
  • Be able to apply the background theory and the insight obtained, to synthesize and/or model materials for a given application.
  • Plan, implement and manage complex and unpredictable research and / or development tasks and assume a professional responsibility for conducting professional and interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • Take responsibility for own academic development and specialization.

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 15 ECTS project module the expected workload is 450 hours for the student.


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • An approved PBL competency profile is a prerequisite for participation in the project exam.


Name of examProduction and Characterization of Nano- and Microstructures
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleProduktion og karakterisering af nano-og mikrostrukurer
Module codeM-FT-K2-1N
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Physics and Technology)
Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science