BEC 462/562/CHE 462
Fundamentals of Bio-Nanotechnology

Course Description

Concepts of nanotechnology applied in the synthesis, characterization, recognition and application of biomaterials on the nanoscale. Emphasis will be given to hands-on experience with nanostructured biomaterials; students will also be familiarized with the potential impact of these materials on different aspects of society and potential hazards associated with their preparation and application.

Learning Outcome

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and use proper safety and disposal procedures in the handling of bionanomaterials.
  • Understand and describe the manufacture of commercially important bionanostructures, including nanoparticles, ultra-thin films and microfluidics. 
  • Understand the benefits of bionanomaterials in replacing classical structures.
  • Apply common methods for characterizing bionanostructures.
  • Practice common methods associated with the preparation and characterization of bionanomaterials. 
  • Communicate research results effectively and discuss research findings with peers; write effective project reports and summarize research activities in an appealing and efficient oral presentation.
  • Follow scientific ethical code.

Prerequisites & Requirements


MA 241, PY 208, and CH 223

Text Requirements

  1. “BioNanotechnology” by E.S. Papazoglou and A. Parthasarathy, Morgan &Claypool, 2007. Free of charge (electronic version is available through NC State Library).
  2. Additional reading material will be provided within the module or are available through a World Wide Web.
  3. Selected scientific papers describing fundamentals of bio-nano technology processes will be provided or are on-reserve at the NCSU library.