ABE446: Biological Nanoengineering
Image: Bhalerao et al (2005) Applied Physics Letters
Biology provides us with a vast array of nanoscale, functional components such as nucleic acids and enzymes. Engineering teaches us how to organize components using a rational framework to obtain useful work.
Biological nanotechnology (also known as bio-nanotechnology or nano-biotechnology) is a rapidly maturing field of engineering that deals with the design and fabrication of hybrid devices and systems that use biological macromolecules as their primary functioning components. This new course covers aspects of bio-molecular function and the interface with synthetic nanomaterials to explore the possibility of devices and systems that are unprecedented in nature. Within a lecture-and-discussion format, senior undergraduates and graduates will learn the principles of design of biological nanosystems, will be able to critically respond to the engineering issues surrounding the creation of “nanobots”, and will be able to appreciate their potential benefit and impact in health, agricultural, industrial and human environments.
- Synthetic Nanostructures
- Micromachining and Self Assembly
- Biologic Nanostructures
- Targeting, control and power systems in nature
- Nanodevice design rationale and case studies
- Biomimetic strategies
- Biological response to nanodevices
- Nanotechnology in the environment
- Economic and non-technical discussions surrounding nanotechnology
Course Format: Two one-hour lectures, one two-hour discussion per week. Two exams and one term paper in the form of a device design proposal. Weekly discussions based on reading assignments. Lectures will be recorded and made available on iTunes U. Please keep an eye on the blog posts for links.
Course Schedule and Location: Lectures: Mondays and Fridays 3:00 to 3:50 pm, Discussion: Wednesday 3:00 - 5:00 pm (242 Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building)
Prerequisites: Senior / Grad standing or permission of instructor.