BME 263 Nanomedicine (2014-2015)

BME 263 Nanomedicine

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

BME 263 Nanomedicine (Credit Units: 4) Covers the use of inorganic nanocrystals and nanocarriers for molecular detection of human diseases and targeted drug delivery. Techniques for synthesis and bioconjugation, molecular targeting, adhesion dynamics, and unique physical properties of nanomaterials. Graduate students only. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:

Selected journal articles and lecture materials as provided on the class website.

Jered Haun
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Understand basic chemical techniques and physical properties of nanomaterials.

2. Understand biomedical problems for which nanomaterials are being currently investigated as solutions.

3. Research and present state-of-the-art techniques and findings from the literature.

Prerequisites by Topic

Math (Linear Algebra, Differentiation, Integration, Solution of PDEs), Chemistry (General), Computer Literacy (experience in solving mathematical problems on a computer).

Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to biomedical nanomaterials
  • Synthesis and preparation for biological applications
  • Molecular targeting
  • Adhesion dynamics of nano-scale materials
  • Physical properties of nano-scale materials
  • Semiconductor fluorescence
  • Plasmon resonance and surface enhanced Raman scattering
  • Fluorescence upconversion
  • Superparamagnetism
  • Applications in molecular imaging and diagnostics
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Homework involves writing simple programs (e.g., spreadsheet, C, Matlab, etc.)

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component
Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 20%
  • Presentation: 25%
  • Project: 50%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

April 22, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 25, 2014
Approved Effective:
2014 Fall Qtr