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Nanotechnology for Energy Systems

Module EI70740

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 2020

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 2022/3SS 2020

Basic Information

EI70740 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

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

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module is focused on providing an extensive overview of nanosystems applied for energy conversion.

The content is organized in four parts:
- Introduction to nanotechnology and nanosystems for energy conversion including their theoretical foundations.
- Introduction to photovoltaics.
- Introduction to thermoelectricity.
- Introduction to energy harvesting from motions and vibrations.

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of the module, students are able to:
- understand, analyze, and evaluate basic nanotechnology systems applied in the context of energy conversion.
- compare the advantages and disadvantages of different solar cell architectures.
- explain the basic concepts of thermoelectricity and how nanotechnology can be used to optimize thermoelectric devices.
- explain how environmental vibrations/motions can be utilized to harvest energy.
- organize and process simulation results in the form of scientific reports.


Basic physical concepts of semiconductor materials and electronic devices.
- EI0636: Nanoelectronics
- EI04032: Nano- und Quantentechnologie

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VI 5 Nanotechnology for Energy Systems Gagliardi, A. Jirauschek, C.
Assistants: Harth, M.Poonam, P.Schreiber, M.Siddiqui, G.
Wed, 15:00–16:30, 1180
Thu, 09:00–13:00, N2103
Thu, 14:00–18:00, N2103
Fri, 09:00–13:00, N2103
Fri, 14:00–18:00, N2103

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of lectures and a simulation laboratory.
In the lectures, the module contents are presented by a teacher via electronic presentations accompanied by discussions with the students.
In the simulation laboratory, the students apply numerical methods to investigate two selected nanotechnological systems (e.g. silicon solar cell, thermoelectric device). The results of the simulation laboratory are discussed via two reports written in scientific paper style.


The following materials will be provided on moodle:
- Presentations
- Exercise sheets
- Access to numerical simulation tools
- Additional literature in the form of scientific articles


- R. Waser: "Nanoelectronics and Information Technology - Advanced Electronic Materials and Novel Devices", John Wiley & Sons, 2012
- K. Goser, P. Glösekötter, J. Dienstuhl: “Nanoelectronics and Nanosystems - From Transistors to Molecular and Quantum Devices”, Springer, 2004

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The module examination consists of two parts:
- A written exam [50% of final grade].
- A simulation laboratory with two simulation tasks [50% of final grade].

The written exam is 60 minutes long and must be passed in order to pass the module. There are no books or notes allowed during the exam. The exam is made of theoretical questions to check whether the students understood the contents discussed in the lecture.
In the simulation laboratory (in groups of 2 students) the students apply numerical methods to simulate two nano-structured devices related to energy conversion. The results of the simulation laboratory are summarized and discussed in two four-page reports written in scientific paper style.

Exam Repetition

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

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

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