The Introduction to Bionanotechnology course introduces physical scientists, engineers and non-scientists to biological systems and terminology relevant to nanotechnology, and showcases current applications and new developments in bionanotechnology. It is an intense five-day course taught face-to-face in Oxford, providing an introduction to the exciting and emerging field of bionanotechnology.
The first day of the course gives an introduction to cell biology providing an understanding of cellular components and how they may be used as a constituent of, or may interact with, bionanotechnologies. The following four days focus on - bioanalytical techniques; applied genomics and proteomics; nanoparticles, nanostructures and biomimetics; and the interaction of nanomaterials with biological systems.
The Introduction to Bionanotechnology course can be taken alone, with or without academic credit, or as part of the MSc in Nanotechnology for Medicine and Health Care.
The Introduction to Bionanotechnology course will offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of:
- How and why modern research is harnessing biological systems to further nanotechnological endeavour
- How modern engineering is gaining guidance from natural systems that construct and control at the nanoscale
- How general principles of structure and function within biological systems are used to construct functional devices within nanotechnology
- The techniques that are available for characterising biological structures at the nanoscale
- Current applications and state of the art within bionanotechnology
- Practical skills in cell culture and synthesis of nanoparticles