Course title
Nanostructure Physics I

Course description
This course introduces a comprehensive state-of-the-art in the field of high temperature superconductivity (HTS), in this case copper-oxide-based (cuprates), and its application for United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The course mainly deals with various aspects of processing methods, properties, and applications of high-Tc cuprates. Industrial applications require high-quality materials. The students will learn to create and evaluate phase diagrams reflecting the quality of nano-structures achieved in the production stage. For this, it will be important to understand the vortex pinning techniques needed for individual industrial applications. This course is designed to be as broad and rigorous as possible to cover super-magnets’ processing, reliable production, and characterization needed for several industrial applications in medicine, transport, and research fields, supporting the SDGs goals.
Purpose of class
To develop excellence in bulk high-Tc processing and activate ability to produce nanostructured super-magnets for industrial applications conforming to SDGs. The class will focus on understanding phase diagrams, production of new materials, and creation of nano-structures improving the material’s performance, in particular above liquid nitrogen temperature. Eventually, students should understand how the new class of nanostructured materials contributes to the everyday applications conforming to SDGs.
Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives Course Outcomes
1. The students will learn the concept, e.g. phase diagrams, crystal structure of yttrium barium copper oxide high-Tc superconductor with general formula YBa2Cu3O7-x (Y-123).
2. The students acknowledge with the HTSC material synthesis methods [melt textured growth (MTG), modified melt textured growth (MMTG), melt powder melt growth (MPMG), quench melt growth (QMG), infiltration growth (IG), oxygen controlled melt growth (OCMG)]
3. The students will understand the importance of creation of nano-structures for enhancing flux pinning around liquid nitrogen temperature.
4. iv. The students will understand how the super-magnets contribute to day of life applications, like magnetic levitation train (Maglev), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), drug delivery systems (DDS) and water cleaning devices along with finding their usefulness for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Mid-term exam #1, etc., Mid-term exam #2, etc., Final Project Final exam Total.
1. 20% 20%
2. 20% 20%
3. 20% 20%
4. 40% 40%
Total. 20% 20% 20% 40% -
Class schedule
  1. Introduction of high Tc superconductivity
  2. Crystal chemistry of high-Tc Y-123 superconductor
  3. Phase diagrams of high-Tc Y-123 superconductor
  4. Melt processing, texturing by MT, MPMG, QMG
  5. Melt processing, texturing by IG, OCMG
  6. Single grain production and seeding techniques
  7. Low cast production techniques and challenges for Y-123 production
  8. Critical currents and trapped fields of LRE Ba2Cu3Oy (LRE = Nd, Sm, Gd, NdEuGd, NdSmGd, SmEuGd, etc.,)
  9. Creation and analysis of nano-structures in LRE-123 by OCMG process
  10. Microstructure analysis by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM)
  11. Students’ ideas for new super-magnets for SDGs
  12. Application of high-Tc superconductors: DDS, MRI (Basic principles and its development’s)
  13. Application of high-Tc superconductors: water cleaning devices and Maglev (Basic principles and its development’s)
  14. Final exam and discussion on the solutions
Goals and objectives (Other Courses)
A:Fundamental Mechanical Engineering B:Advanced Mechanical Engineering C:Environment and Materials Engineering D:Chemistry and Biotechnology E:Electrical Engineering and Robotics G:Advanced Electronic Engineering F:Information and Communications Engineering L:Computer Science and Engineering H:Urban Infrastructure and Environment
Evaluation method and criteria
Evaluation method and criteria HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
The students will be evaluated based on their midterm exam, activity during the class (presentation and discussion) will contribute 40% of the grade, final project will contribute 20% of the grade and final exam will contribute 40% of the grade.
Students need at least 60% of the full score to pass this course to reflect upon the knowledge and skills.
Review of the lecture 100分
- - 100分
Feedback on exams, assignments, etc.
ways of feedback specific contents about "Other"
Feedback in outside of the class (ScombZ, mail, etc.)
Textbooks and reference materials
1. Introduction to Solid State Physics, Charles Kittel, john Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York
2. High-Tc superconducting Technology: Towards sustainable development goals, Muralidhar M, Jenny Stanford Publishing, Singapore (2022)
3. High Temperature Superconductors: Occurrence, Synthesis, and Applications, Muralidhar M et al., Nova Science Publishers New York (2018)
4. Some scientific papers will be handed out.
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Students are asked to contact through email and make appointments. Email:
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
  • Course that cultivates a basic problem-solving skills
Active-learning course
More than one class is interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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