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SC02119875, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1169, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SUPRAMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY
Department of reference Department of Chemical Sciences
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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

Teacher in charge FABRIZIO MANCIN CHIM/06
Other lecturers LEONARD JAN PRINS CHIM/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/06 Organic Chemistry 6.0

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 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: There are not particular requisites but a basic knowledge of thermodynamics, inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry acquired in previous characterizing courses.
Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the course the student will be able to understand the basic principles of non-covalent interaction between molecules and their use for the construction of complex systems.
He will then be able to understand the basic principles of designing and building a molecular receptor and will have the tools necessary to undertake its study.
The student will also know the main applications and potentialities of supramolecular systems in the field of molecular transport, sensing, catalysis and in the construction of supramolecular materials and molecular machines.
Examination methods: The exam is oral and divided into two parts. The first involves the preparation of a small report, in the form of an oral presentation, about a recently published research in the field of supramolecular chemistry. The second is a discussion of the presentation and a series of questions aimed at evaluating the knowledge of the basic principles of supramolecular chemistry.
The presentation of the report to the commission and the subsequent discussion will allow the assessment of the learning profit.
Assessment criteria: The purpose of the evaluation is to verify the acquisition by the student of the knowledge and skills described above.
The scientific rigor of the presentation, the ability to summarize, the formal correctness, the acquisition of the contents proposed in the course and the ability to use them to elaborate an organic discussion on a research topic will be evaluated.
Course unit contents: Biomimetic and supramolecular organic chemistry: "host-guest" complexes. Ethers crown. Molecular and chiral recognition, catalysis and transport. Natural ionophores (peptides, ethers, esters) and synthetic. Cavitandi and calixarenes. Membranes and micelles. Synthetic polymers as enzymatic models. Cyclodextrins. Steroid-based enzyme models. Rotaxani and catenani. Molecular capsules. Self-replicating systems. Anion receptors. Peptide nanotubes. Dendrimers.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is organized in 64 hours of theoretical lessons carried out with the support of slides.
The maximum participation of the students is requested with invitations to debate and moments of discussion.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The teaching material consists mainly of the copies of the slides provided by the teachers, the lecture notes and scientific articles reviewed by the teachers.
The student can also find support and insights into some of the theses in his possession on organic physical chemistry or in the numerous supramolecular chemistry treaties available on the market.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • J.W. Steed, D. R. Tuner, K. J. Wallace, Core concepts in Supramolecular Chemistry and Nanochemisrty. --: Wiley, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • J.W. Steed, J.L. Atwood, Supramolecular Chemistry. --: Wiley, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo

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