PhD in Nanochemistry - Supramolecular


Program Description


Nanotechnology is the creation of functional materials, devices, and systems through control of matter on the nanometer (1 to 100 nm) length scale and the exploitation of novel properties and phenomena developed at that scale. Nanochemistry is an emerging subdiscipline of chemistry that emphasizes the synthesis rather than the engineering aspects of preparing little pieces of matter with nanometer sizes in one, two or three dimensions. The nanochemist can be considered to work towards this goal from the atom 'up', whereas the nanophysicist tends to operate from the bulk 'down'. Nanochemists develop new pharmaceutical products, structural materials, electronic device components, light-emitting materials, and many other products, many already available commercially. Supramolecular chemistry is the study of entities of greater complexity than individual molecules, assemblies of molecules that bond and organize through intermolecular interactions. The design and synthesis of supramolecular systems invoke interactions beyond the covalent bond, using, for example, hydrogen bonding, and metal coordination and π interactions to bring discrete building blocks together. Important concepts that have been demonstrated by supramolecular chemistry include molecular self-assembly, folding, molecular recognition, host-guest chemistry, mechanically-interlocked molecular architectures, and dynamic covalent chemistry. The study of non-covalent interactions is crucial to understanding many biological processes from cell structure to vision that relies on these forces for structure and function. Biological systems are often the inspiration for supramolecular research. Molecular machines are molecules or molecular assemblies that can perform functions such as linear or rotational movement, switching, and entrapment. These devices exist at the boundary between supramolecular chemistry and nanotechnology, and prototypes have been demonstrated using supramolecular concepts. The use of supramolecular chemistry to control the fabrication of new nanomaterials is a key aspect for the future of nanoscience and nanotechnology, including catalysis, micro- and nanoencapsulation, drug-delivery systems, contrast agents and the development of novel sensors, magnetic platforms and Data storage and processing.

Ph.D. Curriculum

The Ph.D. of Nanochemistry-Supramolecular requires completion of 32 credits, a set of core courses (6 credits), 6 credits of elective courses and a Ph.D. thesis (24 credits). The main emphasis of the program is on the successful completion of an original and independent research project written and defended as a dissertation.

Comprehensive Exam

Comprehensive Exam should be taken at most at the end of the 4th semester and is required before a student could defend the Ph.D. proposal. Students will have two chances to pass the Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam. If students receive an evaluation of “unsatisfactory” on their first Comprehensive Exam attempt, the student may retake the qualifier once. A second failure will result in termination from the program. The Comprehensive Exam is designed to ensure that the student starts early in gaining research experience; it also ensures that the student has the potential to conduct doctoral-level research. A minimum average of 16 over 20 must be achieved in the comprehensive exam.

Ph.D. Proposal

The Ph.D. proposal must contain Specific Aims, Research Design and Methods, and Proposed Work and Timeline. In addition, the proposal must also contain a bibliography and, as attachments, any publications/supplementary materials. The student must defend their thesis proposal to their committee in an oral exam.


A student should choose a thesis advisor (and one or two co-advisors if required) within the first year of being in the Ph.D. program, approved by the Faculty committee. In the second year, a thesis committee suggested by the advisor alongside by the Ph.D. proposal should be handed over for approval. The thesis committee should consist of a minimum of five faculty members. Two members of thesis committee should be from the other Universities at the Associate Professor level. Not later than the end of the 5th semester, a student has to present and defend a written Ph.D. proposal.

Research Progress

A student is expected to meet with his/her thesis committee at least once a year to review the research progress. At the beginning of each university calendar year, each student and the student’s advisor are required to submit an evaluation assessment of the student’s progress, outlining past year accomplishments and plans for the current year. The thesis committee reviews these summaries and sends the student a letter summarizing their status in the program. Students who are failing to make satisfactory progress are expected to correct any deficiencies and move to the next milestone within one year. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.

Ph.D. Dissertation

Within 4 years after entering the Ph.D. program, the student is expected to complete the thesis research; the student must have the results of the research accepted or published in peer-reviewed journals. Upon submitting a written thesis and public defense and approval by the committee, the student is awarded the Ph.D. degree. The defense will consist of (1) a presentation of the dissertation by the graduate student, (2) questioning by the general audience, and (3) closed-door questioning by the dissertation committee. The student will be informed of the exam result at the completion of all three parts of the dissertation defense. All members of the committee must sign the final report of the doctoral committee and the final version of the dissertation.

A minimum GPA of 16 over 20 must be maintained for graduation.

Leveling Courses (not applicable to a degree)

The Ph.D. in Nanochemistry-Supramolecular assumes a Master degree in Nanochemistry. However, students holding any other master degree besides will be required to complete the following leveling courses that are designed to provide a background for the Ph.D. courses. These leveling courses are not counted for graduate credit towards the Ph.D. in Nanochemistry-Supramolecular.

Leveling courses: 2 courses required; 6 credits

Core courses: 2 courses required; 6 credits

Elective courses: 2 courses required; 6 credits

Course Description

Core courses

Characterization of Nanomaterials 2

Course content:
Atomic Force Microscopy as a Nanoanalytical Tool, Electrochemical Characterization, Ultraviolet Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, High-Vacuum Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, Confocal Raman Spectroscopy, Inductivity Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy, Electromagnetic Characterization of Material by Vector Network Analyzer Experimental Setup, Introduction to Dielectric Spectroscopy, Ionic Polarization, Impedance, Dielectric and Magnetic Loss behavior of Nanooxides, Mossbauer Spectroscopy, Nuclear Spin and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Hydrogen Bonding

Synthesis of Nanomaterials 2

Course content:
Chemical Synthesis of Nanostructured Particles and Films, Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials by Inert-Gas Condensation Methods, Thermal Sprayed Nanostructured Coatings: Applications and Developments, Nanostructured Materials and Composites Prepared by Solid State Processing, Nanocrystalline Powder Consolidation Methods, Electrodeposited Nanocrystalline Metals and Alloys and Composites, Computer Modeling of Nanostructured Materials, Diffusion in Nanocrystalline Materials, Nanostructured Materials for Gas Reactive Applications, Magnetic Nanoparticles and Their Applications, Magnetic Properties of Nanocrystalline Materials, Mechanical Behavior of Nanocrystalline Metals, Structure Formation and Mechanical Behavior of Two-phase Nanostructured Materials, Nanostructured Electronics and Optoelectronic Materials

Self-Assembly Nanomaterials

Course content:
Identification of SelfAssembly Capability, SelfAssembly Systems, Nanotechnology Systems, Identification of MultiStep SelfAssemblies, Control of the Structures of SelfAssembled, Assembly with Multiple Building Units, Directed and Forced Assemblies, External SignalResponsive Nanomaterials, Nanomaterials with Intrinsic Functionalities, Hierarchy and Chirality of SelfAssembled, Nanoproperties Controlled to Express, Nanofabricated Systems Combined to Function, Nanomechanical Movements Combined, Assembly Forces and Measurements, Assembly Processes and Critical Behaviors, Assembled Systems and Structural Properties, Modeling and Simulations


Course content:
Emulsification or High Pressure Homogenization, Nanotechology in Nutrition, An Overview of Nanoparticle Assisted Polymerase Chain, A Revolution in Nanomedicines, Nanotechnology for Regenerative Medicine, Novel Technologies for the Production of Functional, Nanotechnology in Cosmetic Products, Carbon Nanotubes and Their Application, Characterization of Cyclodextrin Nanoparticles, A lication of Poly Glutamic Acid Based, Basic Characterization of Nano bubbles and Their, Formulation and Characterization of Nano dispersions, The Revolution of the Big Future With, Applications of Atomic Force Microscopy in Food, Polymer Based Nanocomposites for Food Packaging, Combination of ultrasound and nano-microbubbles or bubble, Nanotechnology to Watch Biology, Enhanced Optical Biosensors Based, Nano Biosensors for Mimicking Gustatory and Olfactory, Nanoparticles Inducing Simultaneous Bioreaction, Micro-nanoparticles, Analysis of Immunological Reactions to Nanoscale, An Overview of Green Nanotechnology, Characterization of Biopolymer and Chitosan Based, Nanotechnology and its Use in Agriculture, Production of Nanoscale Foods Using High Pressure, Production of Monodisperse Fine Dispersions, Applications of Atomic Force Microscopy in Food, Applications of NMR to Biomolecular Systems, Applications in Enhancing, Encapsulation of Bioactive Compounds, Nanometric Size Delivery Systems for Bioactive, Nano emulsion Technology for Delivery, Nanotechnology and Nonpolar Active Compounds, How Standards Inform the Regulation of Bio, Baby Steps Lead to Regulator, Nanoparticle Lung Interactions and Their Potential

Nanotechnology in Disease

Course content:
Potential, Challenges, and Future Development in Nanopharmaceutical Research and Industry, Nanoscale Drugs: A Key to Revolutionary Progress in Pharmacy and Healthcare, The Emergence of Nanopharmacy: From Biology to Nanotechnology and Drug Molecules to Nanodrugs, Understanding and Characterizing Functional Properties of Nanoparticles, Omics-Based Nanopharmacy: Powerful Tools Toward Precision Medicine, Fundamentals of Nanotechnology in Pharmacy, Nanostructures in Drug Delivery, Characterization Methods: Physical and Chemical Characterization Techniques, Nanoparticle Characterization Methods: Applications of Synchrotron and Neutron Radiation, Overview of Techniques and Description of Established Processes, Nanopharmacy: Exploratory Methods for Polymeric Materials, Overview and Presentation of Exploratory Methods for Manufacturing Nanoparticles/“Inorganic Materials”, Scale-Up and cGMP Manufacturing of Nanodrug Delivery Systems for Clinical Investigations, Occupational Safety and Health, Micro- and Nano-Tools in Drug Discovery, Computational Predictive Models for Nanomedicine, Drug Targeting in Nanomedicine and Nanopharmacy: A Systems Approach, Nanoparticle Toxicity: General Overview and Insights Into Immunological Compatibility, An Overview of Nanoparticle Biocompatibility for Their Use in Nanomedicine, Translation to the Clinic: Preclinical and Clinical Pharmacology Studies of Nanoparticles – The Translational Challenge, Regulatory Issues in Nanomedicines, Social Studies of Nanopharmaceutical Research, Nanoparticles for Imaging and Imaging Nanoparticles: State of the Art and Current Prospects, Nanoparticle-Based Physical Methods for Medical Treatments, Nanodrugs in Medicine and Healthcare: Oral Delivery, Steroidal Nanodrugs Based on Pegylated Nanoliposomes Remote Loaded with Amphipathic Weak Acids Steroid Prodrugs as Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Nanodrugs in Medicine and Healthcare: Pulmonary, Nasal and Ophthalmic Routes, and Vaccination, Neurodegenerative Diseases – Alzheimer’s Disease, A Practical Guide to Translating Nanomedical Products, Development and Commercialization of Nanocarrier-Based Drug Products, Future Outlook of Nanopharmacy: Challenges and Opportunities

Topics in Stereochemistry

Course content:
Racemization Enantiomerization and Diastereomerization, Analytical Methods, Principles of Asymmetric Synthesis, Introduction Conversion, Asymmetric Resolution and Transformation of Chiral Compounds under, From Chiral Propellers to Unidirectional Motors, Topological Isomerism and Chirality, Glossary Stereochemical Definitions and Terms
Last updated Mar 2018

About the School

Kish International Campus was established in 2007 in order to facilitate the enrolment of foreign students.

Kish International Campus was established in 2007 in order to facilitate the enrolment of foreign students. Read less