Nanotechnology for Energy Systems
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 2022/3||SS 2020|
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 workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||60 h||5 CP|
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
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.
- 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.
- EI0636: Nanoelectronics
- EI04032: Nano- und Quantentechnologie
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VI||5||Nanotechnology for Energy Systems||
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
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.
- Exercise sheets
- Access to numerical simulation tools
- Additional literature in the form of scientific articles
- K. Goser, P. Glösekötter, J. Dienstuhl: “Nanoelectronics and Nanosystems - From Transistors to Molecular and Quantum Devices”, Springer, 2004
Description of exams and course work
- 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.
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.
|Nanotechnology for Energy Systems|