Advanced environmental biotechnology

A.Y. 2015/2016
6
Max ECTS
48
Overall hours
SSD
BIO/19
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
Il corso, oltre a riprendere ed approfondire tematiche di biotecnologie ambientali già apprese durante la Laurea Triennale, introduce nuovi argomenti, in particolare le basi del funzionamento e le possibili applicazioni di sensori e biosensori in cambio ambientale. Lo scopo del corso è quello di fornire allo studente una conoscenza dettagliata delle metodologie affrontate, tale da metterlo nelle condizioni di utilizzarle per risolvere le problematiche di biotecnologie ambientali che si troverà a dover affrontare. Il corso utilizzerà lezioni frontali e discussione di letteratura scientifica su tematiche di biotecnologie ambientali.
Expected learning outcomes
Undefined
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Module 1
Sensors for environmental monitoring
Definition of sensor and biosensor. Similarities and differences.
Applications of sensors and biosensors, their classification. Features of a good sensor. Biological components and their immobilization systems.
Transduction systems: Electrochemical Transducers (Transducers Potentiometric, amperometric Transducers, Transducers conductimetric); Transducers FET (IGFET, CHEMFET, ISFET, ENFET); Optical transducers; Piezoelectric transducers; Thermal transducers; Electronic Noses and their use.
Water analysis: Chemical Analysis (TOC, COD, TOX); Biochemical Analysis (BOD); Toxicity; Biodegradability
Applications to real cases
Module 2
Microbiology applied to the environment
Utilization of microbial biosensors in environmental biotechnology. Methods of microbial ecology and molecular monitoring of microbial communities: DGGE, TRFLP, metagenomics.
Case studies of environmental problems taken from recent scientific literature.
Material
FG.Banica, "Chemical sensors and biosensors", John Wiley & Sons, LTD
Lecture notes
Teaching mode:
Module 1: Lectures
Module 2: Lectures and "Journal Club" (presentation and discussion of papers by students)
Assessment:
Module 1:Oral; Module 2: Presentation of a scientific paper assigned by the lecturer
Attendance: strongly recommended;

Recommended Prerequisites
Mathematical methods applied to physical and chemical biotechnology;
Cellular and molecular microbiology
BIO/19 - MICROBIOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Every day from 9 am to 6 pm, by appointment
4th floor tower B, Dept. of Biosciences - via Celoria 26
Reception:
Every Day from Monday to Friday, 9-18, by appointment
by Professor's Office in via Golgi 19, Building 5A, West Wing (Electrochemistry), III floor, room 3114-O