Biophysics (2014/2015)

Course code
4S00199
Name of lecturer
Alessandro Romeo
Coordinator
Alessandro Romeo
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
FIS/07 - APPLIED PHYSICS
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
I sem. dal Oct 1, 2014 al Jan 30, 2015.
Web page
http://profs.scienze.univr.it/~romeo/lectures.htm

Lesson timetable

I sem.
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Gino Tessari from Oct 6, 2014  to Jan 30, 2015
Wednesday 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall A from Oct 15, 2014  to Jan 30, 2015
Thursday 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall A from Oct 9, 2014  to Jan 22, 2015

Learning outcomes

The Biophyics lectures are intended to spread the views of physics particularly regarding the study and interpretation of biological phenomena.

Different aspects of both classical and quantistic physics are taken into consideration.

The main objectives are to give the students the right tools to understand the experiments in Biology also from a physics point of view, moreover to give the basic knowledge for biophysical analysis especially spectroscopy and microscopy.

Syllabus

The lectures will be on the following topics:

• Analysis of mechanical physics and wave physics.
• Hints of relativistic physics.
• Physics quantum-mechanical.
• The description of matter in classical physics and quantum physics.
• wave-matter interaction (with examples of biological systems)
• subject-matter interaction (with examples of biological systems).
• Optical Microscopy
• Fluorescence Microscopy
• Electron Microscopy (SEM and TEM)
• Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
• Absorption Spectroscopy (Visible, Infrared, Ultraviolet)
• Spectroscopy in emission (fluorescence)
• FRET
• Scattering
• Raman
• Optical activity (linear and circular dichroism, optical rotation)
• Mass Spectrometry
• Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron spin resonance (EPR)
• Dynamic Light Scattering

Material:

The educational material of the course consists of slides, handouts, articles and material for in-depth and reference.

Everything (password protected) is available for download on the page:

http://profs.sci.univr.it/~romeo/biofisica.htm

Please send an e-mail to request the password.


Books:

The course is based on the following books, however, the educational material provided is sufficient for the preparation of exam.

Physical Chemistry Organic 2 (Atkins-De Paula)
Principles of Physical Biochemistry (KE Van Holde)

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Atkins Peter; De Paula Julio Chimica fisica biologica. Vol. 2 Zanichelli 2008 9788808049858
Kensal E van Holde Principles of Physical Biochemistry (2nd Edition) Prentice Hall 2005 978-0130464279

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be an oral exam on the discussed topics.

It is possible to take an appointment for taking the exam outside the defined calendar.