Checking date: 12/05/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Biomedical applications of nanotechnology
Bachelor in Engineering Physics (Plan: 434 - Estudio: 363)

Coordinating teacher: MUÑOZ BARRUTIA, MARIA ARRATE

Department assigned to the subject: Bioengineering Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
It is recommended to have passed the following courses: - Materials science and engineering - Instrumentation and measurements - Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics
The students will learn the basic principles of nanotechnology applied to biomedical problems in lectures and teamwork activities on reviewing articles and practices in the laboratory. The course will focus on designing devices based on nanotechnologies and the preparation of nanoparticles. It will also address the clinical application of these technologies in diagnosis (including imaging) and therapy and their application in biomedicine. Students will familiarize themselves with the main techniques for the synthesis, characterization, and biofunctionalization of the most common nanomaterials and their use in biometric devices or as contrast agents for diagnosis and therapy.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1.- Introduction to nanotechnology 2.- Imaging and characterizing the nanoscale 3.- Nanosensors for clinical applications 4.- Imaging nanodevices 5.- Nanodevices for manipulation of cells and biomolecules 6.- Nanoparticles for drug and gene delivery 7.- Modification and functionalization of nanoparticles for diagnosis and therapy 8.- Safety and toxicity concerns of nanosystems Lab practices The dates will be announced early in the course. Practices will cover the preparation of liposomes, synthesis of gold nanomaterials, gold nanoparticles-based sensors, design and characterization of nanotechnology-based sensors, and electronics for nanotechnology.
Learning activities and methodology
Each program section will be divided into lectures and practical sessions or seminars. The teaching methodology is based on master classes that introduce the fundamental concepts, seminars in which examples are illustrated in detail, and practical sessions in the laboratory. Students are required to read the assigned documentation before conferences and seminars. The lectures will be used to highlight and clarify some difficult or interesting points of the corresponding lesson. The seminars will be devoted mainly to interactive discussions with the students and conducting partial exams. The tutoring regime will be published in Aula Global.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Basic Bibliography
  • BS Murty, P Shankar, B Raj, BB Rath, J Murday. Textbook of Nanocience and Nanotechnology. Springer University Press. 2013
  • C. Sharma. Drug Delivery Nanosystems for Biomedical Applications. Elsevier. 2014
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • A. Offenhäusser, R. Rinaldi (Editors). Nanobioelectronics - for Electronics, Biology and Medicine. Nanostructure Science and Technology Series, Springer. 2009
  • A. P. Lee, L. James Lee (Editors). Biological and Biomedical Nanotechnology. Volume I, Biological and Biomedical Nanotechnology. Springer. 2006
  • Kevin C. Honeychurch (Editors). Nanosensors for Chemical and Biological Applications: Sensing with Nanotubes, Nanowires and Nanoparticles. Woodhead Publishing. 2014
  • Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief.. BioMEMS and Biomedical Nanotechnology. Vol. 1 Biological and Biomedical Nanotechnology. Springer. 2006
  • Paras N Prasad. Introduction to Nanomedicine and Nanobioengineering: Transforming Healthcare with Nanotechnology. John Wiley and Sons. 2012
  • Vijay K. Varadan,LinFeng Chen,Jining Xie. Nanomedicine: Design and Applications of Magnetic Nanomaterials, Nanosensors. John Wiley and Sons. 2008
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The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.