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BB2400 Bionanotechnology 7.5 credits

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The molecular machinary of the cell, as well as the physico-chemical interactions between the cells and characterizes the living systems. Uniderstanding the assembly of the cells opens some exciting possibilities to construct artificial structures in applied nanotechnology, which will mimic the functions of the biological systems. A major challenge is to exploit the structures and processes of biomolecules at the  cellular and organ specific levels in order to design novel functional materials, biosensors and bioelectronic components. This includes four modules:

  1. Basic cell biology and cell organells
  2. Biological macromolecules and mocelular recognition
  3. Protein based nanostructures
  4. DNA based nanostructures

Intended learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, the students should be able to:

  • Define the basic elements of the interface between biology and nanotechnology
  • know and define biological macromolecules
  • Assesss function and potential application of protein and DNA based nanostructures
  • Know and reflect on the basic concept in molecular recongnition

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least completion of bachelor’s degree in engineering subjects in physics, chemistry, nanomaterials, electronics, and computer sciences, possibly including courses in biology/biotechnology. Good knowledge about the subject according to the study plan or corresponding background.

Recommended prerequisites

Good knowledge about the physics and chemistry courses according to the study plan or corresponding background


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The examiner, in consultation with the KTH Disability Coordinator (Funka), decides on any adapted examination for students with documented permanent impairment.

Other requirements for final grade

In order to pass the exam you need to fulfill the lab course, project and presentation.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web BB2400

Offered by

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Education cycle

Second cycle

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Gunaratna Kuttuva Rajarao,, tel. +46 8 553 783 96

Supplementary information

Students are required to sign up at least two weeks in advance for examination.

The course is given provided at least seven students are admitted.

The course is not open for students at the Degree Programme in Biotechnology

Literature to Spring 2017

Essential cell biology, Alberts et al. Garland Science, New York 2004

Nanobiotechnology, concepts, applications and perspectives, C.M. Niemeyer & C.A. Mirkin, 2004