Nanomaterials for Biological and Pharmaceutical Technologies - MIT Short Course
Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20 2012
This event was posted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location: MIT Campus | Cambridge, MA
This course will provide a comprehensive overview of how nanomaterials such as nanoparticles, nanocapsules, micelles, microemulsions, liposomes, nanoporous materials, and polymer multilayers can be prepared, stabilized, surface-functionalized and assembled for applications in biotechnology, biomedicine, and pharmaceuticals. Specific applications include biosensing, drug delivery, imaging, bioseparations, biocatalysis, biomolecular assembly, and molecular diagnostics.
The goal of this course is to present a comprehensive overview of how soft and hard nanomaterials can be prepared, modified and used in a variety of biotechnology, biomedicine and pharmaceutical applications, to industrial scientists and engineers and those with managerial responsibility for research. First the course will cover the fundamental physical chemical principles that govern the formation and properties of soft nanomaterials such as micelles, vesicles, microemulsions, liposomes, block copolymer nanocolloids, polymer multilayers and nanocapsules. The preparation of nanoparticles and nanoporous materials will be also be described. Second, methods to stabilize and functionalize nanomaterials, important experimental techniques to characterize the properties of structured fluids and nanoparticles, and methods to assemble nanoparticles in one, two or three dimensions for applications will be reviewed. Third, the applications of soft and hard nanomaterials to various areas of bio and pharmaceutical technologies will be discussed. Specifically, applications including biosensing, drug delivery, imaging, bioseparations, biocatalysis, biomolecular assembly, and molecular diagnostics will be emphasized. Throughout the course, effort will be made to provide a molecular and intuitive understanding of the field, accompanied wherever necessary by quantitative models.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
This course is designed for industrial scientists and engineers and research managers. The following groups will find the course of value to them:
- biologists, physicists, chemists and engineers interested in gaining exposure to the field of structured fluids and nanoparticles, including their physical chemical foundations and experimental characterization methods for adapting them in their own research activities;
- engineers and scientists in the pharmaceutical, food, cosmetics, personal care products, and biotechnology industries, who are interested to learn how the soft and hard nanomaterials can be exploited to create new products or processes of relevance to their industries;
- managers responsible for research and development activities or process engineering who would like to gain an appreciation of the potential benefits that can emerge from the use of structured fluids and nanoparticles for creating new products or processes.
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