PhD Course on 'Bioengineered Nanomaterials'

Course code: FYBT62 (Within Doctoral Study Programme in Nanoscience, engineering and technology)

Course Director and Examiner: Prof. Ashutosh Tiwari

Purpose and Scope

Nanomaterials are attracting strong interest in the fundamental as well as applied sciences and are being extensively explored for their potential usage in a range of biological applications. The use of nanomaterials in medicine and more specifically drug delivery is set to spread rapidly. Currently many nanomaterials are under investigation for drug delivery but among them bio-engineered nanoparticles are proven to be non-toxic. Biocompatible nanoparticles with different shape and size have great therapeutic potential as a delivery vehicle and also can be easily synthesized and functionalized. By tuning their size and geometry, it is also possible to manipulate their optical and physical properties which are very important for imaging and loading of the biomolecules. The course brings together novel methodologies and strategies adopted in the research and development of bioengineered nanomaterials and technology. This interdisciplinary course is prepared for students and researchers from diverse backgrounds such as chemistry, materials science, physics, pharmacy, medical science, and biomedical engineering. The talks and course materials will give a valuable insight in the major area of bio-functionalised nanomaterials, and cutting-edge of medical technology. The interdisciplinary flora of the topics will help PhD students to find new interesting projects/ research.

Bioengineered Nanomaterials (Theory Course): 7.5 ECTS

Duration of Course: 3 month

Course Schedule: October-December 2016

Languase of Course: English

Course Contents

Number of lectures: 08, duration of each lecture: 2 hour, 1+1 hour lecture and discussion.

Lectures Topics

  • Nanomaterials: preparation, properties and application
  • Natural and synthetic nanoporous membranes
  • Bioceramic nanomaterials
  • Nanoemulsions
  • Nanomedicine
  • Nanomaterials for bio- imaging
  • Bioactive properties and molecular signaling
  • Nanotoxicity and risk managements

Course Plan

Number of lectures: 08, (examiner will give lecture 1 and 2, lectures 3-8 will give by the PhD students taking the course, 1+1 hour lecture and discussion); duration of each lecture: 2 hour. Students will be accountable for their lecture materials. Each student should discuss their lecture materials with examiner about 10 days before prior to date of their lecture. The idea is to discuss student lecture materials with the examiner for suggestions and comments before the lecture. The examiner will send lecture materials of the course to each student at the beginning of week. The student will prepare 5-7 set of questions and send to examiner by e-mail along with 5-10 key relevant literature two day before the lecture. Examiner will compiled all questioners & literature and distribute to each course participant one day before the lecture. All questioners & literature will be discussed during discussion hour after the lecture.

Estimation of Time (In hour/student)

Lectures: 08 x 2 = 16

Lecture preparation: 42

Preparation of participant lecture: 8 x 8 = 64

Examination: 24


Total Time: 146 hour (study time) = 4 weeks = 7.5 credits


Total Credits

Total credits of complete course: 7.5 ECTS


Target Groups

PhD students pursuing degree in the chemistry, materials science, physics, pharmacy, medical science, and biomedical engineering.


Examination and Grading

Grading will be based attendance and active participation in oral seminars.


Text/Reference Books

1. Bioengineered Nanomaterials, Edited by Atul Tiwari and Ashutosh Tiwari, CRC Press, 2013.

2. Nanomaterials: Risks and Benefits, Edited by Igor Linkov and Jeffery Steevees, Springer, 2008.

Contact to
Dr. S. K. Shukla
Head, Academic Affairs