Special Topics in FENS: Nanobiotechnology (ENS 4803)

2020 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Engineering Sciences(ENS)
7.00 / 7.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Meral Yüce meralyuce@sabanciuniv.edu,
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Formal lecture,Laboratory
Learner centered,Communicative,Project based learning
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The aim of this course is to introduce general concepts of biotechnology, nanotechnology, nanomaterials (carbon-based, fluorescence-based and plasmon-based nanomaterials), surface bio-modification techniques and characterization of bio-modified nanomaterials.


To teach general concepts of biotechnology, nanotechnology, nanomaterials (carbon-based, fluorescence-based and plasmon-based nanomaterials), surface bio-modification techniques and characterization of bio-modified nanomaterials.


Defining models of key biological molecules, emphasizing the commonalities and differences with structural models of soft and hard matter
Defining structural models of nanomaterials that offer features attractive for nanobiotechnology
Developing these models to enable nanobiotechnology
Demonstrate how modifications made to these models offer prototypical examples of nanobiotechnology
Define and demonstrate the main tools for practical processing, characterization, and application of nanobiotechnology


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 2

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 2

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 2

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 3

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 3

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 2

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 1

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 2

4. Ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 2

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 3

6. Knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 2

7. Knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 2

1. Use mathematics (including derivative and integral calculations, probability and statistics, differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables and discrete mathematics), basic sciences, computer and programming, and electronics engineering knowledge to (a) Design and analyze complex electronic circuits, instruments, software and electronics systems with hardware/software. or (b) Design and analyze communication networks and systems, signal processing algorithms or software 1

1. Comprehend key concepts in biology and physiology, with emphasis on molecular genetics, biochemistry and molecular and cell biology as well as advanced mathematics and statistics. 2

2. Develop conceptual background for interfacing of biology with engineering for a professional awareness of contemporary biological research questions and the experimental and theoretical methods used to address them. 3

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 3

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 3

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 2


  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 25
Written Report 10
Presentation 10
Homework 15



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