MAT ENG 7103 - Engineering of 2D Materials

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

The new field of two dimensional (2D) materials has seen exponential growth since the isolation of graphene, a single atomic layer of carbon atoms in 2004. The course will describe how a number of key aspects of the broader field of nanomaterials are applied to study 2D materials, including methods of production such as liquid phase exfoliation, characterisation techniques such as Raman spectroscopy and electron microscopy, and the production of nano-electronic and nano-composite structures. The course will cover fundamental and applied concepts of 2D materials engineering, and will be delivered through a combination of lectures and tutorials. The course should highlight the significance of emerging 2D materials in modern society, and contextualise the selection of engineering materials on the basis of their characteristics and end use applications.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MAT ENG 7103
    Course Engineering of 2D Materials
    Coordinating Unit Materials Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hour per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Assignments, quizzes, tests, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Dusan Losic

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Understand the basics of 2D materials:
      • Grasp fundamental concepts and classifications of 2D materials.
      • Explore the structure, properties, and applications of these materials.
    2. Gain in-depth knowledge of graphene-related materials:
      • Acquire comprehensive knowledge about graphene-related materials such as graphene oxide, reduced graphene oxide, pristine graphene, and functionalized graphene.
      • Understand their discovery, structures, properties, and preparation methods.
    3. Gain in-depth on commercial applications of graphene:
      • Gain insights into the latest commercial applications of graphene-related materials.
      • Learn how these materials address significant global challenges across various fields.
    4. Understand the manufacturing and industrialization of Graphene:
      • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the manufacturing processes of graphene materials.
      • Explore their industrial applications in sectors such as electronics, energy storage, composites, protective coatings, health, defense, and the space industry.
    5. In-Depth Understanding of Selected 2D Materials:
      • Develop comprehensive knowledge of selected 2D materials such as MoS₂, hBN, and MXenes, focusing on their properties, preparation methods, and emerging applications.
    6. Practical experience with graphene exfoliation techniques:
      • Gain practical lab experience in exfoliating graphene from graphite materials using mechanical methods.
    7. Practical experience on characterization of key properties in 2D materials:
      • Acquire practical lab experience in determining key properties of 2D materials, including microscopy, conductivity, dispersibility in different solvents, and dispersion stability, relevant to their applications.
    8. Practical experience on chemical characterization of graphene-related materials:
      • Conduct practical lab experiments on the chemical characterization of graphene-related materials using Raman Spectroscopy to assess their quality.
    9. Practical experience on graphene-based adsorbents for water purification:
      • Gain hands-on experience in the characterization of graphene-based adsorbents for water purification, specifically targeting the removal of organic dyes.
    10. Practical experience on development and characterization of graphene-based gas Sensors:
      • Engage in practical lab activities to create graphene-based gas sensors and evaluate their sensing performance for specific gases such as ethanol and methanol.
    11. Safety and Risk Assessment in Lab Practicals:
      • Learn and implement safety and risk assessment procedures as a fundamental part of the lab practicals.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Online Learning
    A range of online resources will be provided via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    The course employs a diverse approach to learning and teaching, combining lectures, lab experiments, workshops, and student presentations to enhance understanding and practical skills.

    1. Lectures (8 Sessions):
      • A blend of traditional lecturing with supplementary videos to support the material covered.
      • Use of a flipped classroom model where students engage with reading materials and online activities before class, enabling interactive application of knowledge during lectures.
    2. Lab Practicals (5 Sessions):
      • A range of laboratory experiments designed to help students develop a broad set of skills.
      • Activities include preparing graphene, understanding and characterizing the properties of graphene and other 2D materials, exploring specific applications (such as using adsorbents for water purification), and fabricating real devices (sensors) from graphene materials.
      • These practicals will also teach students data processing and reporting skills.
    3. Workshops (2 Sessions):
      • Discussions on the current progress of practical applications of emerging materials.
      • Focus on addressing global challenges in areas such as energy, sustainability, and health.
    4. Student Presentations (1 Session):
      • An opportunity for students to present on a specific topic related to their assignment.
      • Aimed at developing skills in presenting scientific topics effectively.



    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Lectures are 2 hours per week, lab practicals are 2 hours every second week, workshops are 2 hours two time in semester and presentation 2 hours on the end of the course.


    Contact Hours

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    Learning Activities Summary

    Lectures (8): 2 hours per week

    Lab practicals 5: 2 hours  every second week

    Workshops 2: 2 hours two types in semester

    Presentation 1: 2 hours (final)

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    The assessments with total 100% marks were composed with the following components.

    1. Lab practicals (5), 12 % each. total 60%
    2. Quizes (2), 5% each, total 10%
    3. Final topic presentation 30%

    No oral assessments or exams will be performed
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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