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TIF055 - Biological physics at surfaces
 
Owner: TTFYA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: D
Department: 16 - PHYSICS


Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0105 Project 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c    

In programs

TKBIA BIOENGINEERING, Year 4 (elective)
TTFYA ENGINEERING PHYSICS, Year 4 (elective)
TKEFA CHEMICAL ENGINEERING WITH ENGINEERING PHYSICS, Year 4 (elective)

Examiner:

Professor  Bengt Kasemo
Bitr professor  Julie Gold



Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Aim

The goals are: (i) to provide the students with an understanding of the main processes and properties that control interactions between artificial surfaces and biological systems (this includes surface science and nanotechnology aspects), (ii) to introduce the main preparation, characterization and evaluation methods for research used in this field and (iii) to briefly describe the underlying major application areas such as medical implants, biosensors and bioarrays, stem cell and tissue engineering, and related surface aspects of pharmaceutical applications

Content

Topics presented and discussed in this course concern materials and processes that are relevant for so-called biocompatible materials and material-bio-system interfaces. This includes the molecular-scale interactions between water, amino acids, proteins and lipids with material surfaces, and to a limited extent, cell-surface interactions. The course covers experimental methods for preparing and characterizing biomaterial surfaces, e.g., surface and optical spectroscopies, scanning probe microscopies, nano- and microfabrication methods, and experimental methods and theory behind protein absorption and supported biological membranes.
Course participants will have the opportunity to visit laboratories at departments in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Medicine, and when possible also industry labs where research is performed within the subject areas covered in the course.

Examination

Presentation of required reading material and participation in tutor-lead discussions.
Individual literature study project that is presented both in written and oral form.


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