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Nanobiotechnology

Students seeking a certificate in Nanobiotechnology gain knowledge of contemporary research breakthroughs, as well as practical experience working with bioimaging tools. The certificate consists of three components: course work, research and an internship.

Nanobiotechnology takes most of its fundamentals from nanotechnology and applies them to biological systems to produce nanoscale materials and devices designed to perform tasks impossible for macroscopic products. These nanomaterials and nanodevices will lead to new breakthroughs in science and technology, create new markets, and generate substantial wealth.

The MBP prepares students to meet the emergent challenges of a rapidly developing industry, and envisage novel solutions afforded by new technology.

COURSE WORK

The course listed below is required. Students should take this course to complete the Nanobiotechnology certificate. If the required course (CHEM_E 372) is not offered, the certificate director and MBP program director may approve an alternate course.

CHEM_ENG 372 Bionanotechnology & Nanoscale Phenomena 

Students should complete two courses from the list below. Certificate director and MBP program director may add additional courses to this list in the future.

MBIOTECH 481 Practical Biological Imaging
MAT_SCI 376 Nanomaterials
CHEM 307 Materials and Nanochemistry
CHEM 376 Nanopatterning

RESEARCH

MBP maintains a standard research requirement of 1000 hours. Students earning this certificate must select a research project with a substantial nanobiotechnology component. There are currently nine research laboratories with nanobiotechnology projects available to MBP students.

INTERNSHIP

Several local companies offer internships appropriate for students enrolled in this certificate. Students could also seek internships at nanobiotechnology companies outside the Chicago area.