Course coordinator: Prof. Dr. Franc Smole


Objectives of the course and intended learninig outcomes

The aim of the course is to upgrade definitions and concepts and to introduce students with research trends in the field of nanoelectronics and to survey characteristics of already investigated structures, devices and systems.

Gained knowledge will enable students easier involvement in broad interdisciplinary field of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology.



Definition of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. The prospects of nanoscience. Classical and quantum particles and waves. Free and confined electrons. Coulomb blockade. Quantum dots, quantum wells and quantum wires. Tunneling, tunnel junctions and applications of tunneling. The top-down approach. The bottom-up approach. Device scaling and nonideal effects. Electronic devices based on quantum heterostructures and superlattices. Single-electron transistor. Growth, fabrication, and measurement techniques for nanostructures. Manipulation and assembly. Self-assembly. Molecular nanoelectronics. Computer architectures based on molecular electronics. Switches and complex molecular devices. Nanoelectronic circuit architectures. Electromagnetic, optical and electronic properties of nanostructures. Transport properties of semiconductor nanostructures. Ballistic transport. Nanomagnetics and spintronics. Nanophotonics. Polymer electronics. Organic active and passive devices and circuits. Carbon nanotubes and nanowires. Structure and properties of carbon nanotubes. Electronic, optoelectronic, magnetic, chemical and thermoelectrical properties of carbon nanotubes. Electronic devices and circuits based on nanotubes. Chemical and biological nanosensors. Nano- and micromachines. Modeling and simulation of quantum- and nanosystems.



  • William A. Goddard, Donald W. Brenner, Sergey Edward Lyshevski, Gerald J. Iafrate, Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology, CRC Press LLC, 2003.
  • Paul Harrison, Quantum Wells, Wires and Dots, Theoretical and Computational Physics of Semiconductor Nanostructures, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2005.
  • Edward L. Wolf, Nanophysics and Nanotechnology, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2004.
  • M. Meyyappan, Carbon Nanotubes, Science and Applications, CRC Press LLC, 2005.
  • George W. Hanson, Fundamentals of  Nanoelectronics, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008.
  • H.-S. Philip Wong, Deji Akinwande, Carbon Nanotube and Graphene Device Physics, Cambridge University Press, 2011.