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SCP9088035, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1731, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
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
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 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 2.0
Core courses CHIM/02 Physical Chemistry 3.0
Core courses CHIM/06 Organic Chemistry 1.0

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.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 NANOSISTEMI 2019-2020 01/10/2019 27/11/2020 ANTONELLO SABRINA (Presidente)
MARAN FLAVIO (Membro Effettivo)

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 to understand: i) the forces determining the formation, dimension, and shape of nanosystems; ii) the properties of nanosystems compared to molecules and bulk systems; iii) the main methodologies for the characterization of nanosystems. Part B: The goal is to provide the necessary information to understand: i) how to prepare different types of nanosystems; ii) how the properties of these systems depend on their chemical structure, dimensions, shape and on the environmental conditions; iii) how 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. Each test consists usually in four open questions that could require to draw graphs, report equations and make simple calculations.
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.
The evaluation will be based on the ability to report the concepts acquired during the course and to establish logical connections between the different topics.
Course unit contents: Part A: Physical chemistry and characterization of nanosystems.
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, electronic microscopies and other surface characterization methods.

Part B. Preparation, properties and application of nanosystems.
Bottom-up approaches to nanosystems production.
General concepts of solution synthesis: La Mer description of nucleation and growth process, Ostwald ripening, sintering.
Steric and electrostatic stabilization of nanosystems (DLVO theory, Z-potential, stealth behavior).
Aggregates of amphiphilic molecules and peptides.
Polymeric nanoparticles and dendrimers.
Stimuli-responsive nanosystems.
Carbon nanostructures (nanotubes, fullerenes, graphene).
Metal nanoparticles, nanoshells, nanorods and nanoclusters.
Plasmon resonance in metal nanostructures and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS).
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)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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