MSc Nanomaterials Chemistry
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
This MSc in Nanomaterials Chemistry is designed for Science and Engineering graduates interested to learn about the emerging area of nanomaterials.
Our goal is to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and harness the potential of nanomaterials in future advanced manufacturing, ICT, chemical, biopharma, medical device (diagnostics, drug delivery, and therapeutics) and other industries with a view to future employment in these sectors.
Key to learning about nanomaterials is the availability of advanced technology platforms that permit the preparation and processing of nanomaterials in synergy with quantitative materials measurement and functional assessment. In this regard, the UCD School of Chemistry is strongly positioned in hosting world-class researchers and teachers that are comprehensively supported by state-of-the-art nano research facilities.
The quality and diversity of our research environment will enrich the learning experience of nanomaterial chemistry students and will empower them to develop the competitive skillset necessary to establish successful careers. Opportunities to conduct a research project through internship will be available.
One feature of this programme is that it is delivered in association with Intel Ireland, who are funding four scholarships of 3,000 each.
Vision and Values Statement
This MSc in Nanomaterials Chemistry is designed for Science and Engineering graduates who are interested in learning about the emerging area of nanomaterials, particularly as applied to the scientifically and technologically important bio/nano interface. Central themes of the programme are the synthesis and processing of nanomaterials, advanced characterisation of nanomaterials, and the study and exploitation of interactions between nanomaterials and biomolecules (e.g., DNA, proteins) and living systems (e.g., cells). The goal is to equip our graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to appreciate, understand and harness the potential of nanomaterials in developing and future sectors, with a view career advancement. In Ireland and Europe today these sectors include; nano-enabled advanced manufacturing, chemical production and development, (bio-)pharmaceuticals, medical devices (including diagnostics, drug delivery, and therapeutics), agri-food, cosmetics, and the related consumer-oriented technologies and industries. A key requirement for developing useful understanding and skills in nanochemistry is access to advanced synthesis, characterisation and particle imaging tools. Used together these permit the preparation, purification, and isolation of important classes of nanoparticles and nano-structured materials, and critically enable their functional assessment and optimisation. In this regard, the UCD School of Chemistry is almost uniquely positioned in hosting world-class researchers and teachers in nanotechnology whose work is underpinned by state-of-the-art research facilities, instrumentation, equipment and infrastructure. In our bespoke facility at the O'Brien Science Centre, students will work individually and in teams, and engage in projects that will develop their critical thinking, communication skills, capacity for autonomous learning, and technical abilities. The students will attend lectures and complete laboratory tasks and tutorials, but in addition will engage in active-learning activities, including workshops, case studies, seminars, and team-based projects. This will culminate in research projects in which they will be embedded in academic research teams, and will have the opportunity to work on current research problems with mentoring/support from the research groups. The quality and diversity of this research, combined with access to cutting-edge technology, will enrich the learning experience of students studying for the MSc in Nanomaterials Chemistry. Most importantly, it will empower to the students in developing the skillset necessary to establish and develop a successful career in a field that is intellectually stimulating and is increasingly important to societal development and economic activity.
Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the current state-of-the-art in nanomaterials chemistry.
Understand new approaches being applied and under development to further advance knowledge in nanomaterials chemistry.
Exploit on-line resources for searching the literature and collating and analysing primary research.
Demonstrate skills in nanomaterials experimentation, problem solving and interpretation of new data.
Develop the ability to identify the conclusions that can and cannot be reached based on a given set of results, and hence.
Understand the nature of scientific research and be able to design, plan and execute research projects.
Communicate scientific results, both verbally and in written form, in accordance with the disciplines norms and language.
Demonstrate the ability to self-evaluate, and take responsibility for self-directed further study or ongoing professional development.