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SCL1001625, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1731, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination NANOSYSTEMS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge SABRINA ANTONELLO CHIM/02
Other lecturers FLAVIO MARAN CHIM/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines CHIM/06 Organic Chemistry 3.0
Core courses CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry 5.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Prerequisites: B.Sc. level knowledge of Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.
Target skills and knowledge: The course is organized into two parts. Part A: The goal is to provide the underlying principles for understanding: i) the forces determining the formation, dimension, and shape of nanosystems; the properties of nanosystems compared to molecules and bulk systems; iii) main methodologies for the characterization of nanosystems. Part B: The goal is to provide the necessary information for understanding how: i) to prepare different types of nanosystem; ii) these systems properties depend on their chemical structure, dimensions, shape and on the environmental conditions; iii) to utilize them in industrial and biomedical applications.
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.
Assessment criteria: Written exams, as well as active participation in the course.
The written tests will focus on specific topics of the course, to facilitate a fast and progressive learning of the contents of the classroom lectures.
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.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classroom lectures.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Class notes.
Further study material, such as handouts, copy of slides, papers and reviews will be provided.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)