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Project: Economic Aspects of Nanotechnology

Module EI4585

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2017

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2020/1SS 2019SS 2017

Basic Information

EI4585 is a semester module in German language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 45 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Fundamentals of nanotechnology. Patent applications, research and development activities in the field of nanotechnology: international comparison. Overview of important fields of application of nanotechnology. Applications of nanotechnology in selected industrial sectors: Automotive industry, aerospace industry, construction industry, textile industry, energy industry, chemistry, information and communication technology, medicine. Opportunities and risks of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology in Germany.

Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to interpret the properties of nanotechnologically relevant structures and elements and understand manufacturing methods for these components. It will also be possible to compare different physical effects of elements of nanotechnology against the background of system applications. After participation, students will be able to understand important applications, perspectives and opportunities of selected technologies in the field of nanotechnology and evaluate them in the context of patent analysis, crowd funding, market analysis or a business plan.


Basic Lectures / Literature
- Introduction to nanoelectronics
- Introduction to nanotechnology

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

During the seminar, selected topics will be discussed in a team and technical contexts will be presented and deepened in small lectures. Through independent group work, patent analysis and business plans, for example, are developed and presented in the seminar. The writing of a report and a presentation also takes place in a team.


Information and teaching material is made available in the form of presentation slides, scientific publications, handouts and topic-specific scripts.


Presentation slides, topic-specific short instructions, technical descriptions and scientific publications will be handed out by the tutor during the course.

The following literature is recommended:
- H. Paschen et al., Nanotechnologie Springer-Verlag, 2004.
- J. Schulte (Hrsg.), Nanotechnologie: Globale Strategien, Branchentrends und Anwendungen, Wiley, 2005.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The examination consists of a report (50%) and a presentation (50%).
The report is drawn up in teamwork. The methods discussed in the seminar, such as patent analysis, crowd-funding, market analysis or business plan, are applied and scientifically evaluated, whereby the clear and precise summary of the most important facts and the conclusions drawn from them are in the foreground (15-20-page report).
In the oral presentation followed by discussion, the students show that they understand important applications, perspectives and opportunities of selected technologies in the field of nanotechnology and can evaluate them within the framework of a patent analysis, crowd-funding, market analysis or business plan. The presentation focuses on the visualization of the results and conclusive lines of argumentation. (20 minutes presentation, 20 minutes subsequent discussion).

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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