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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
BIOTECHNOLOGY APPLIED TO FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION
Course unit
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE AGRIFOOD SECTOR (NANOTECHNOLOGIES, PROTEOMICS, METABOLOMICS)
AVP5073739, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
BIOTECNOLOGIE PER L'ALIMENTAZIONE (Ord. 2011)
IF0362, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track BIOTECHNOLOGIES FOR FOOD SCIENCE [002LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 7.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE AGRIFOOD SECTOR (NANOTECHNOLOGIES, PROTEOMICS, METABOLOMICS)
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch LEGNARO (PD)
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge FABIO VIANELLO BIO/10
Other lecturers PAOLO CARLETTI AGR/13

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/13 Agricultural Chemistry 3.0
Core courses BIO/10 Biochemistry 4.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Prerequisites dealing with basic knowledge of chemistry, physics, biochemistry and biology are required.
Target skills and knowledge: The course will deal with emerging technologies, based on nanomaterials, aimed at the isolation and purification of biomolecules of interest for the agri-food industry. Moreover, basics of non-conventional analytical biosensing devices will be proposed and applications for the agri-food industry will be evidenced. Further aim of the course is to provide students with a basic knowledge of current separation techniques and their coupling with mass spectrometry, in order to acquire the ability to choose the most suitable technique to solve analytical problems related to identification and quantification of a given analyte in different samples.
Examination methods: Traditional lessons: written examination with open and multiple choice questions.
Assessment criteria: Examinations will evaluate the knowledge of the concepts and methods acquired during the course and will also rate the degree of depth of the expertise.
Course unit contents: The aim of the course is to provide, in a simplified way, basic knowledge of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies, paying particular attention at applications in the agro-food sector. The characteristics and properties of different organic and inorganic nanomaterials will be highlighted. In addition, the chemical and physical principles of the operation of unconventional analytical devices, such as biosensors, will be treated.
Further contents will be: sample preparation. Separation techniques. Chromatography, basic principles, LC and GC. Mass spectrometry, LC/MS and GC/MS coupling. Ionization systems, MALDI, ESI and APCI. Analyzers and ion detectors. Resolution and sensitivity in mass spectrometry. Interpretation of a mass spectrum. The mass spectrum: factors affecting molecular ion’s formation, stability and decomposition; parent ions and daughter ions formation. Tandem mass spectrometry: MS/MS. Proteomic analysis, quantitative proteomics and metabolic profiling; case studies.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Traditional lessons are delivered by the use of Powerpoint presentations, which will be available for students.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The pdf files of the slides presented during the traditional lessons will be available for the students at the link: https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/ (Teaching Moodle platform).
Students will be received by appointment at the e-mail address: fabio.vianello@unipd.it, every day, from 12.00 to 13.00.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Wang, Perry G.; Vitha, Mark F.; Kay, Jack F.,, High throughput analysis for food safety. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons., 2014. Cerca nel catalogo