Nanotechnology and bio-nano interactions

Subject description

1. Introduction: application of nanomaterials and nanostructured surfaces in modern technological processes (food industry, pharmaceuticals, automotive industry, medical applications)
2. Types of nanomaterials: Polymers, colloids and amphiphiles in aqueous solutions: properties and characterisation; forces in colloidal systems; interactions and structures in mixed systems containing polymers and surfactants; experimental methods for studying interactions; examples of complex associating systems in engineering and nature
3. From nanomaterials to advanced materials
4. Specific physical and chemical properties of nanoparticles
5. Methods for the detection of nanoparticles in air and liquid media
6. Interactions between nanoparticles and the cell, tissue and organism: in vivo and in vitro studies
7. Correlation between nanoparticle properties (dose, surface area, shape, size, etc.) and the response of the biological system
8. Quality assurance of data on nano- and advanced materials
9. "Safe and sustainable by design (SSbD)" in the field of nano- and advanced materials
10. Life cycle assessment (LCA)" in the field of nano- and advanced materials
11. Risk governance in the field of nano- and advanced materials

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

Objectives: Students will gain specific knowledge regarding different areas of nanotechnology and nanobiology. This background will be complementary to those of other natural sciences. The course will provide an indespensible background for those students whose doctoral thesis will be done in this area od research.

Results: Students will be able to comprehend and resolve nano-related scientific problems and transfer the solutions to the industry sector. They will gain basic knowledge and skills in the preparation of scientific publications. They will be able to communicate nanoscience and bionanointeraction related content to the interested public. 

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, discussions, workshops, laboratory demonstrations.

Expected study results

Knowledge and understanding:

Understanding the development and use of new materials. Understanding the importance of the safety of products containing new matrials.

Basic sources and literature

Aktualni znanstveni članki s področja, ki jih sproti določijo izvajalci predmeta.

Scientific papers.

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