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About this course

The course will introduce you to the exciting world of graphene science and technology. You will learn about the fundamentals of graphene and how this material offers new insights into nanotechnology and quantum physics. You will also learn about emerging practical applications for graphene. Topics covered include material properties, electronics, physics, physical chemistry, synthesis and device fabrication and application.

Overall learning goals

Taking this course you will develop a basic understanding of the fundamental characteristics of graphene, the synthesis process and the future applications of graphene, particularly within electronics.

Learning objectives

Having completed this course you will be better able to:

  • explain how to perform graphene material synthesis experiments
  • assess if and how graphene can be used in different electronic products to improve, enhance or add new properties
  • comrehend scientific articles on graphene research
  • identify existing and new areas of graphene application and evaluate its potential 
  • evaluate whether or not graphene can contribute to your career advancement – be it in academia or industry


In order to benefit fully from this course you should have an adequate knowledge of general physics and university level mathematics. Since the course relies on a fundamenatal understanding of physics, chemistry and mathematics, you might have to account additional time for concepts that you are unfamliliar with but that the course relies upon. You can assess your pre-knowledge in more detail by taking the pre-course survey.

Time Commitment

You should expect to devote about six hours weekly to the course. Each week features a series of lecture sequences and interspersed exercises or problems. You will work on a homework assignment the first six weeks and a larger final assignment as final exam.


The course is set up over seven weekly modules. Each week, a new module will be released on Monday 08:00 UTC. You can watch the videos at any time, but in order to receive a certificate, you will have to send in the assignments within two weeks after publication.

The release dates:

  • Course Welcome and Module 1: March 23, 2015 at 08:00 UTC
  • Module 2: March 30, 2015 at 08:00 UTC
  • Module 3: April 6, 2015 at 08:00 UTC
  • Module 4: April 13, 2015 at 08:00 UTC
  • Module 5: April 20, 2015 at 08:00 UTC
  • Module 6: April 27, 2015 at 08:00 UTC
  • Module 7: May 4, 2015 at 08:00 UTC

TOPICS Per Module

Module 1 Introduction to graphene

  • A tale of a Noble prize
  • High potential applications of graphene
  • What is graphene?
  • Advantages and challenges of graphene

Module 2: Graphene synthesis 1

  • Mechanical exfoliation
  • Liquid phase exfoliation
  • Graphene oxide reduction
  • Epitaxial graphene on SiC

Module 3: Graphene synthesis 2 (chemical vapor deposition)

  • Chemical vapor disposition
  • CDV of graphene on metals
  • Transfer of CVD graphene
  • CVD of graphene on insulators
  • Graphene characterization
  • CVD graphene in industry

Module 4: Graphene transparent electrodes in optoelectronics 1

  • Transmittance and conductivity of graphene
  • Fabriction of nanoelectronic devices
  • Mechanism of light emitting diodes

Module 5: Graphene transparent electrodes in optoelectronics 2

  • Transparent electrodes in GaN based devices
  • Direct CVD of graphitic carbon on GaN
  • Tranparent electrodes in touch screens

Module 6: Electronic structure of graphene

  • The reciprocal lattice
  • Electrons in solids
  • Density of states and carriers

Module 7: Experiments: Graphene synthesis by CVD

  • Lab experiment: Graphene synthesis by CVD

Assessment activities

Each week you will find a new assignment to be submitted within two weeks after its publication. The assignments will increase in their complexity towards the end of the course. In the first part of the course, questions will be asked in form of different quizzes. For the quizzes, you will have three attempts to answer of which the result of your last attempt will be counted (overwriting all previous attempts). Later, we will introduce more complex questions including peer assessment. You will learn more about how to do peer assessment during the course.

Weekly assignments

For the first six weeks, you will have to submit a weekly assignment. Each of this assignment will contribute 10% to your total score. The assignments have to be submitted within two weeks after publication. 

Final assignment

At the last week, a larger assignment will be published that will test what you have learned during the whole course. This final assignment will contribute 40% to your final score. It consists of a quiz and a peer assessment. As the other assignments it must be submitted within two weeks after its publication.


To receive a honour code certificate you will have to receive at least 60% of the total available points.

EdX will issue the certificate under the name of Chalmers and you will be able to download it via your student dashboard at the end of the course.