School  Natural Sciences
Academic Unit
 Geology Department
Level of Studies
Course Code
Εξάμηνο σπουδών  8ο
Course Title
Independent Teaching Activities
 Lectures, tutorials and laboratory work
Weekly Teaching Hours
 2 (lect.), 1 (lab.), 1 (Tut)
Credits  5
Course Type
 Field of Science (Nanogeoscience)
Prerequisite Courses

Typically, there are not prerequisite course. Essentially, the students should possess:

knowledge provided through the previously taught courses : ‘Mineralogy I, Mineralogy II, Petrography I, Petrography II
Language of Instruction & Examinations
Greek. Teaching may be however performed in English in case foreign students attend the course.
Is the Course offered to Erasmus Students
Course Web-Page (URL)  
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the student should have knowledge of :

  1. The introduction to Nanogeoscience.
  2. The interdisciplinary character of the most important environmental applications of nanogeoscience.
  3. The most significant determination and characterization methods of nanocomposites

At the end of the course the student will have further developed the following skills/competences

  1. Ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories nanogeoscience
  2. Ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of problems of an unfamiliar nature.
  3. Ability to adopt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliarproblems.
  4. Study skills needed for continuing professional development.
  5. 5.  Ability to interact with others on inter or multidisciplinary problems
General Competences
 Autonomous work, Teamwork, Working in an interdisciplinary environment, Producing new research ideas, Respecting the natural environment
  1. Introduction to nanogeoscience
  2. Occurrence and distribution of nanominerals and mineral nanoparticles in oceans
  3. Occurrence and distribution of nanominerals and mineral nanoparticles in surface waters
  4. Occurrence and distribution of nanominerals and mineral nanoparticles in soils
  5. Structure, Chemistry and properties of mineral nanoparticles
  6. Naturally occurring amorphous nanomaterials
  7. Nanoparticles in the atmosphere and their effects on climate and human health
  8. Nanoparticles in soils and rocks
  9. The effect of organic nanoparticles and microorganisms on weathering
  10. Nanomaterials beyond earth
  11. The interdisciplinary character of nanogeoscience
  12. The most important environmental applications of nanoparticles
  13. Identification and characterization methods in Nanogeoscience (XRD,  SEM,  DTA-TG,  FT-Raman,  Raman,  FTIR,  NMR).
Delivery  Lectures and laboratory work face to face.
Use of Information & Communication Technology
 Power  Point,  Laboratory exercises, examples
Teaching Methods
Activity Semester workload
Lectures (2 conduct hours per week x 13 weeks) 2 X 13 = 26 
Laboratory work (1 conduct hour per week x 13 weeks) 1 X 13 = 13
Tutorial  1 X 13 = 13
Hours for private study of the student and preparation of home-works  73
 Total number of hours for the Course 125 
 Student Performance Evaluation
 Written final examination and problem solving 
Attached Bibliography
  1. Peter Baláž: Mechanochemistry in Nanoscience and Minerals Engineering, 2008. 413 p.

Scientific Journals:

  1. Nature Geoscience,
  2. Nature Nanotechnology,
  3. ACS Nano,
  4. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces,
  5. Environmental Science-Nano,
  6. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental,
  7.  Applied Clay Science