NANOSYSTEMS

Second cycle degree in INDUSTRIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester

Lecturer: SABRINA ANTONELLO

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 8


Syllabus
Prerequisites: B.Sc. level knowledge of Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.
Examination methods: Written exam based on a series of tests, to be taken during the semester, and one final, to be taken on the first official date.
Course unit contents: Part A. Physical chemistry and characterization of nanosystems.
Size matters: nanoscale dimension and quantum size confinement.
Intermolecular forces: electrostatic forces, dispersion forces, hydrogen bonds.
Physical chemistry of interfaces.
Thermodynamics of self-assembly and self-organization.
Amphiphilic molecules: thermodynamics for aggregation of micelles, bilayers, vesicles, biological membranes.
Self-assembled monolayers and Langmuir-Blodgett films.
Electron and charge transfers.
Electrochemical techniques.
Scanning probe microscopies.
Optical microscopies and other surface characterization techniques.
Part B. Properties and preparation of nanosystems.
Artificial and natural nanosystems.
Nanofabrication techniques.
Bottom-up approaches to nanosystem production.
Aggregates of amphiphilic molecules and peptides.
Polymeric nanoparticles and dendrimers.
Stimuli-responsive nanosystems.
Carbon nanostructures (nanotubes, fullerenes, graphene).
Metal nanoparticles, nanoshells and nanorods.
Semiconductive nanoparticles : quantum dots.
Oxides nanoparticles : silica, titania.
Magnetic nanoparticles.