Course Aims

Subjects and Aims of the Course

The proposed Course targets the important topic of Bioelectronics and is meant to provide the attendants with a fully comprehensive view of fundamentals, theoretical and experimental background, applications, as well as future perspectives of this interdisciplinary research field. The format is that of a full-immersion course where students have the opportunity of taking full advantage of top level lecturing by renowned scientists along with a large amount of time dedicated to interaction and idea-exchange among them and with the teachers. Students will be also asked to present their own scientific results in the form of posters.

Albeit properly focused on the proposed topic, the course will introduce the attendants to the breadth of topics needed to deal professionally with Bioelectronics; from protein structure/function and molecular biology, to (bio)electrochemistry, from (bio)electron transfer and transport theory and experiments, to device application and future trends in biomolecular electron transfer exploitation.

Particularly, electron transfer in biomolecular systems, approaches to single molecule and single monolayer electron transport, direct electrochemistry etc. will be taught from a theoretical and an experimental standpoint, using a language and an approach that will emphasize biological, chemical and physical aspects.

Students will be exposed to the “magic” environment of the Ettore Majorana Center for Scientific Culture, located in Erice, Italy, where they will experience an integrated cultural approach to biomolecular electronics able to overcome and transcend the topical boundaries of the various disciplines involved, attaining that integrated view that is required for mastering such an interdisciplinary field.