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Course CH4 at the 19th Jyväskylä Summer School
Carbon nanomaterials: From theory to applications

Jyväskylä, Finland
August 5 - 12, 2009
MSU Home Page:    http://nanotube.msu.edu/jss19-ch4/

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Lecture Dates: August 5 - 12, 2009
Course Lecturer: Prof. David Tomanek (Michigan State University, USA)
Course Coordinator: Prof. Hannu Häkkinen (hannu.hakkinen@phys.jyu.fi)
Lectures: Daily from 9 - 11 a.m.; 12 hours total
Grading: Based on simple pop quizzes and a short essay at the end

Course description:

Carbon is the key to an enormous number of organic substances, without which Life on Earth is unthinkable. Even in its elemental form, carbon forms a large variety of allotropes, ranging from diamond and graphite to graphene, nanotubes, fullerenes, onions, cones, chains and rings. Carbon also plays the key role in the evolving interdisciplinary field of Nanoscale Science and Technology, often called Nanotechnology.

In this short self-contained course, I will offer an introduction to what makes fullerenes, nanotubes, graphene and other carbon nanostructures so special. I will focus on promoting the basic understanding of the physical phenomena found in carbon nanostructures. To achieve this, I will utilize computer graphics and animations, while keeping the formal treatment at a minimum. I also wish to use brain-teasers as a fun way to promote independent thinking and an active communication among participants.

Specific lecture plan is presented in the the program page.