Classes offered at the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry
Hydrogels and polymer networks
Summer Semester 2020
From food, cosmetic products, to medical devices hydrogels have made their way in our everyday life. This course will provide an overview of hydrogel applications, the theory behind the gelation mechanism, present the different classes of hydrogels and characterization techniques used in research and industry. Natural gelation processes and advanced chemical and physical network formation will be addressed in this course through lectures and tutorials that will help to assimilate the knowledge. The performance will assess by a 40 min final exam presented as a multiple choice question.
Methods and concepts in biofabrication
Winter Semester 2019
The term biofabrication is defined as the automated generation of biologically functional products with structural organization from living cells and biomaterials through assembly and subsequent tissue maturation processes. This course covers the different biomaterials based strategies used to create artificial living tissues, and the participants will learn the basic techniques and skills required to comprehend this highly active field of science. Participants will be graded on a project presentation. This group presentation will be developed during the weekly workshops where the required soft skills to deliver professional, scientific presentations will be covered
Methods for Applications of polymers in Life Sciences
Summer Semester 2019
The implementation of materials in life sciences requires a multidisciplinary skill set. This series of lab modules will cover the synthesis, characterization and application of synthetic and natural biodegradable polymers for drug delivery, cell delivery and cell targeted therapies. The participants will be exposed to specific analytical techniques and characterization methods such as dynamic light scattering, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, cell culture, fluorescent and light microscopy and rheology, that are critical for biomaterials research.
MC01 Introduction to polymer - Tutorials
Winter Semester 2018
Tutorials for the Macromolecular Chemistry 1 lecture. Exercises to assimilate the concepts and formula learned during the lecture are proposed and discussed in class.
Previously Offered Courses
Chemistry for Health Sciences
The study of chemistry forms an important foundation for all students of the health sciences. The organisation of the human body begins with chemicals (atoms and molecules) making up its simplest or smallest scale level of organisation. Chemistry allows us to understand how cells, tissues and organs are formed, how these substances react with each other and their environment, and how these substances behave. This unit will develop the essential concepts of chemistry necessary for students studying health and biological science with topics introduced and applied in a contextualised manner relevant to their disciplines. As part of your early biomedical science training, you need to explore the chemical composition of the human body and have an understanding of chemical processes relevant to biology. This unit will form an essential foundation to further study in the areas of health sciences.
Chemical Structure and Reactivity
Chemistry relates to all aspects of our lives. An understanding of chemistry is needed to make sense of our world and to address big challenges faced by our society. Together with its companion unit General Chemistry, this unit provides you with a foundation in the science of Chemistry. It builds on the fundamental scientific concepts and skills introduced in first semester. For Chemistry majors, it provides grounding in the sub-discipline of organic chemistry that you will encounter in second and third year. For students majoring in Biology, it provides the chemical framework necessary for the understanding of the behaviour of organic molecules in complex biological systems.
Drug Discovery and Design
This unit provides a brief introduction to the history and evolution of drug discovery, including the role of the pharmaceutical industry, to current-day methods including rational computer-aided drug design, drug targets and screening libraries. Case studies may include synthetic hormones, narcotics, chemotherapeutic agents and performance-enhancing compounds. You will be introduced to the concepts of chemical structure and structure-activity relationships. The unit complements 'Drug Action' offered in the same semester.