Optional course. Target group: Master´s students in pharmacy and biosciences, and doctoral students in pharmaceutical-, bio- and other natural sciences
Basic courses in chemistry and physics would be beneficial, but one should also manage with an open-minded attitude.
After the course the student:
- knows the basic terminology used in nanoscience and can explain the basic concepts of nanoscience.
- can describe the essential properties and phenomena that defines nanostructures/-materials and can tell what kind of nanostructures/-materials there exists.
- understands and can describe the molecular interactions at the nanoscale.
- can describe the working principle of the most important fabrication approaches and research and characterization methods used in nanoscience research.
- can independently suggest and plan how different types of nanostructures/-materials should be characterized.
- can explain and justify what kind of nanostructures/-materials should be used for different applications.
It is recommended to take the course during the spring of the 4 th or 5 th year of studies, or as suitable during doctoral studies.
During the course the student will learn what is classified as nanoscience, how nanoscience have evolved and how it will influence our future, what has enabled research within nanoscience, how nanostructures and -materials are manufactured, which phenomena are responsible for nanomaterial properties, what nanomaterials are and what kind of properties they exhibit, how nanomaterials can be studied and characterized, and about some applications where nanomaterials can be used. Examples about current achievements in nanoscience from chemistry and physics research will be used as examples in order facilitate the learning of the student about nanoscience, such as supra-molecular chemistry, self-assembly, carbon-based nanomaterials, inorganic nanomaterials and use of nanoscience in drug delivery
Course material and scientific articles distributed during the course
Assessed on a scale between 0-5. The course grade is based on the exam (~80%) and home assignments peer reviewed by the students (~20%).
The lectures are in Finnish, but can be lectured in English if necessary. The course exam can be made in Finnish, Swedish or English.
Optional study module as advanced studies for pharmacy master?s degree. Fits into the Medical industry and Agency, as well as for Research and Scientific Thinking study paths. Optional study module for doctoral students in pharmacy-, bio- and other natural sciences.
Course accomplishment: Participation on lectures, five home assignments each consisting of a 2-3 page summary of a scientific text related to a measuring or characterization technique used in nanoscience research, as well as voluntary participation in five instrument demonstrations. 22 h lectures, 25 h home assignments and ca. 60 h own studies.