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Course unit
MEO2045678, A.A. 2016/17

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
ME1934, Degree course structure A.Y. 2012/13, A.Y. 2016/17
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Degree course track MEDICAL BIOTECHNOLOGIES [002PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination NANOBIOTECHNOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Molecular Medicine
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in MEDICAL BIOTECHNOLOGIES


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry 4.0
Core courses FIS/07 Applied Physics (Cultural Heritage, Environment, Biology and Medicine) 2.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 27/02/2017
End of activities 09/06/2017
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2012 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissione 2019/2020 01/10/2019 30/10/2020 SIGNORINI RAFFAELLA (Presidente)
ANTONELLO SABRINA (Membro Effettivo)
BORTOLOZZI MARIO (Membro Effettivo)
6 Commissione 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 SIGNORINI RAFFAELLA (Presidente)
ANTONELLO SABRINA (Membro Effettivo)
BORTOLOZZI MARIO (Membro Effettivo)
5 Commissione 2017/18 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 SIGNORINI RAFFAELLA (Presidente)
ANTONELLO SABRINA (Membro Effettivo)
BORTOLOZZI MARIO (Membro Effettivo)
4 Commissione 2016/17 01/10/2016 30/09/2017 SIGNORINI RAFFAELLA (Presidente)
ANTONELLO SABRINA (Membro Effettivo)
BORTOLOZZI MARIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No prerequisite
Target skills and knowledge: The nanobiotechnology course is formed by two units: (i) Physical chemistry of nanosystems and (ii) Bio-imaging. Aim of the first unit is to give basic knowledge on the physical and chemical properties of materials with nanometric dimensions that can be valuable for the development of sensors, diagnostic tools and drug carriers. These basic concepts will introduce the student to the basic properties of different nanomaterials, how to characterize them, and the way in which they can be exploited in the field of bio-medicine. The second part of the class is devoted to an in depth description of fluorescence microscopy techniques. Microscopy is largely used in the field of bio-medicine to observe and study the properties of different systems: from simple cell culture to in-vivo tissues. The student will learn the physical concepts on which fluorescence microscopy is founded, as well as the most recent methodologies in this field.
Examination methods: Two written exams with open question for each units, and an oral exam, when asked by the student, only for unit (i).
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will consider the student capability to summarize in a clear and synthetic way the concepts learned in the class, with particular attention to the development of a critical attitude towards the notions learned in the course.
Course unit contents: Unit (i) Physical Chemistry of the Nanosystems:
Physical and chemical properties of bulk and nanomaterials: highlights on the electronic structure of atoms, molecules, metallic, semiconductors and insulating materials. Intermolecular forces and molecular recognition, surface interactions, molecular self-assembly. Structure and properties of metal, semiconductor and oxide nanoparticles.
Highlights on the techniques used to characterize nanomaterials:
X-ray diffraction, Optical and electronic microscopy, Scanning Probe Microscopy: STM and AFM, Absorption and emission spectroscopy, IR and Raman spectroscopy, Micro-raman and SERS.
Highlights on the use of nanoparticles and macromolecular compounds in the bio-medical field:

Unit (ii) Bio-Imaging

Electromagnetic waves
Refractive index
Propagation laws
Optical systems and image formation
Fluorescence: molecular apspects
Conventional fluorescence microscope
Point Spread Function (PSF) and resolving power of the microscope
Confocal Microscopy
Multiphoton Microscopy
STED Microscopy
Ca2+ Imaging
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: 4 CFU (32 hours) frontal lectures for unit (i) and 2 CFU (16 hours) frontal lectures for unit (ii). The frontal lectures will be used to give a description of the physcial and chemical properties of nanosystems and advanced technologies of fluorescence microscopy making use of many examples gathered from recent literature.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Teacher lecture notes
Papers suggested by the teacher
All books listed in the following are suggested only for consultation.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • L. Cademartiri and G. A Ozin, Concepts of nanochemistry. --: Wiley-VCH, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • P.W. Atkins and J. de Paula, Concepts of physcial Chemistry. --: Oxford University Press, --. All editions Cerca nel catalogo