Chemistry of Nanomaterials and Laboratory (2016/2017)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Adolfo Speghini
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
Modulo 1 6 I sem. not yet allocated
Modulo 2 6 II sem. Adolfo Speghini

Lesson timetable

II sem.
Activity Day Time Type Place Note
Modulo 2 Monday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Auletta Atrio CV1 from Mar 6, 2017  to Apr 10, 2017
Modulo 2 Wednesday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Auletta Atrio CV1 from Mar 8, 2017  to Apr 12, 2017
Modulo 2 Friday 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Auletta Atrio CV1 from Mar 10, 2017  to Apr 7, 2017

Learning outcomes

Module 2

The module is focused on the chemistry of inorganic nanostructured materials for biomedical applications and on their structural, spectroscopic and colloidal properties.
The laboratory experiences are aimed to develop the skills of preparation, characterisation and functionalization of inorganic nanostructures for applications in biotechnology and nanomedicine.


Module 2

1) Inorganic nanoparticles for biomedical applications. Nanoparticles activated with lanthanide ions, Quantum Dots and their spectroscopic properties. Hydrothermal synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles and their chemical and physical characterisation.
2) Surface functionalization of nanoparticles with hydrophilic capping agent for dispersion in an aqueous environment. Conjugation of inorganic nanostructures with biological molecules.
3) Characterization of functionalized colloidal inorganic nanoparticles. Measure of the hydrodynamic diameter and Zeta Potential using Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) technique. Study of the surface functionalization using infrared and Raman vibrational analysis.

1) Synthesis by hydrothermal methods of CaF2 and SrF2 nanoparticles functionalized with lanthanide ions and their spectroscopic characterization in the ultraviolet (UV), visible and infrared range (absorption and emission). Measure of their colloidal properties.
2) Synthesis of ZnO Quantum Dots by wet chemical methods. Surface functionalization with PEG. Spectroscopic characterisation in the UV, visible and infrared range. Measure of the hydrodynamic diameter and Zeta Potential. Vibrational investigation using infrared and Raman spectroscopy.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.

Student opinions - 2016/2017