Course: BIOEN 487: Bioengineering & Nanotechnology

Credits: 4

Instructor: Xiaohu Gao

Texts and Supplemental Materials: There is no required textbook for this course. Reference articles will be posted on the course website.  The length and number of articles will be limited to ensure students have time to thoroughly read and enjoy the material.

UW Catalog Description: Explores basic concepts of nanoscience and the current literature, focusing on practical applications for nanotechnology in biology and medicine.

Prerequisites by Course: CHEM 142, CHEM 144, or CHEM 145; BIOL 180.

Prerequisites by Topic: Chemistry, biology

Required or Elective: Elective

Specific Outcomes: By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand, explain, and discuss scientific papers in the area of molecular engineering and nanotechnology.
  • Effectively communicate ideas and make constructive criticism of others’ science.
  • Apply nanotechnology and bioengineering approaches to future research and design projects.

Outcomes Addressed by this Course:

B. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

C. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints.

G. An ability to communicate effectively.

This course is designed to introduce molecular engineering and bionanotechnology to upper division undergraduates. The course teaches the interdisciplinary nanoscience by covering basic physics of nanotechnology, chemical and biological approaches to engineer functional nanomaterials, molecular engineering characterization approaches, practical applications in diagnostics, prognostics, and therapeutics, data interpretation, and problem solving skills. Through this course, the students are expected to develop skills to design, engineer, characterize, and test functional materials and devices. As modern bioengineering is moving towards the molecular scale, these skills should be highly beneficial to students’ career development and future job performance.  As such, this course contributes to the preparation of our students to achieve the Program Educational Objectives of advancing their careers by obtaining appropriate educational and professional qualifications, earning advanced degrees and/or obtain employment in bioengineering-related fields, such as medicine, device development, or biotechnology and contributing to responsible development of new technical knowledge.

Topics Covered:

  1. History of nanotechnology
  2. Metallic nanoparticles (synthesis and functionalization, purification/characterization, biomedical application)
  3. Flourescent nanoparticles
  4. Purification of functional nanoparticles for biomedical application
  5. AFM and electron microscopy
  6. Clinical applications of nanotechnology

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