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Fundamentals Of Biophysics And Nanotechnology


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Learning aims & outcomes

The aim of the course is to give the students an introduction and overview of the most important theoretical and practical aspects of biophysics and the emerging area of nanotechnology. Students will gain a solid understanding of how biological systems, especially cells, can be understood from a physical perspective and be introduced to the new field of nano-engineering, especially biologically-rooted nanotechnology.


The cell, cellular architecture, cell organelles, molecular bonds, electrostatic interactions, hydrogen bonding, acids and bases, pH, hydrophilic and hydrophobic molecules, macromolecules, amino acids, peptide bonds, protein structure, protein function, nucleic acids, DNA, RNA, transcription, translation, genes, fats and oils, phospholipids, cell membranes, cholesterol, membrane domains, membrane proteins, the cytoskeleton, actin, tubulin, motor proteins, contractile forces, photosynthesis, metabolism, ATP, sugars, entropy, chemical reactions, activation energy, chemical equilibrium, coupled reactions, enzymes, enzyme inhibition, diffusion, Brownian motion, 2D and 3D diffusion, membrane transport, electrical conductivity, electrochemistry, membrane potential, neurons, the action potential, the central nervous system, zero-dimensional quantum systems, quantum dots, quantum dot fabrication, bio-labelling, metal and metal-oxide nano-particles, MRI, solar cell nanotechnology, DNA based nanotechnology, Carbon based nanotechnology, graphene, carbon nanotubes


Assessment details

Written Exam (3 hours) May/June 90% 

Coursework 10%