802300 Biological nanosciences and nanotechnology (in Eng.)

Vortragende/r (Mitwirkende/r)
Pum, Dietmar , Reimhult, Erik
Angeboten im Semester
Wintersemester 2018/19
Unterrichts-/ Lehrsprachen


The lecture series provides an introduction to concepts, interactions and methods used in modern nano and interface science in the range of fields relevant to biologists and biotechnologists. The topics and knowledge provided in this course serve as an introduction to the field, so that successful students thereafter can study more advanced courses in biomaterials and biointerface science that rely heavily on understanding how materials behave on the nanoscale.
Nanoscience and nanotechnology is a part of physics that also heavily impacts and makes use of chemistry and biology. It is therefore trans- and interdiscplinary by providing a unifying framework to understand the world on length-scales intrinsically connected to biotechnology. Concepts from nanoscience and nanotechnology are today applied to revolutionize aspects of the applied fields of medicine, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and therapy and biomaterials. To provide a basis for entering and keeping up with the expected continued rapid development of these fields in the future, the course is focused on teaching the basic interactions and concepts of relevance for understanding. The model-based teaching will be supplemented with examples of state-of-the-art methodology, experimental implementation and applications in biointerface science and technology. The course is based on lectures and does not include practical training in the methods that are discussed in the course.

Inhaltliche Voraussetzungen (erwartete Kenntnisse)

Basic knowledge in mathematics, chemistry, physics and molecular biology.


After the course the students will have an understanding of the physical and chemical principles guiding interactions on the nano and mesoscales. They will know the current state-of-the-art and limits to engineering of the interface between man-made devices and biological systems based on this understanding. The students have acquired models and concepts guiding them to further life-long learning that are independent of specific methods in current use. They will also have acquired basic knowledge of the principles used to characterize and design interactions of biological molecules, assemblies and cells on the nanoscale. An important outcome is that the students will have learned the inherent limitations and opportunities in terms of both characterization and control created by the dynamic nature of biological systems on the nanoscale.
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