Course detail

Practical Introduction to nanotechnology

FCH-BCA_UN_PAcad. year: 2017/2018

The aim of the course is to familiarize students with basic aspects and techniques utilized for preparation of nanoparticles, nanofibers and nanolayers, and, moreover, also analytical methods employed for analysis of these nanosystems. Students attending the course will gain theoretical knowledge and practical exprerience with preparation of anorganic nanoparticles, liposomes, polyelectrolyte complexes, miceral systems and nanolayers. Furthermore, the course also focuses on analytical methods utilized for nanosystmes characterization such as DLS, SAXS or electron microscopy. Last but not least, attention will be paid also to safety aspects of nanotechnology.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students attending the course will gain knowledge and practical experience in the field of nano-systems preparation and characterization. The course expand knowledge of the course "Introduction to medical materials" and provides basis for realization of laboratory projects.


basic knowledge on anorganic, organic and physical chemistry and biology


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

J. Koetz, S. Kosmella: Polyelectrolytes and Nanoparticles. Springer 2007. (CS)
D.S. Goodsell: Bionanotechnology. Wiley 2004 (CS)
Hošek J.: Úvod do nanotechnologie. ČVUT, Praha 2010 (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Laboratory exercise - 3 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Participation at all experimental exercises, presentation of equivalent reports evaluated by tutors; credit test

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

The course combines theoretical oral lectures and practical laboratory exercises.

1. Introduction, safety aspects of the laboratory part of the course
2. Theroretical lecture - preparation of nanoparticles, polyelectrolyte complexes and naofibers; nanosystems in biotechnology, preparation of liposomes,, microencapsulation, safety aspects of nanotechnology
3. Theroretical lecture concerning analytical methods for characterization of nanoparticles - DLS, analytical centrifugation, XRD, SAXS, fluorescence spectroscopy, rheology, electron microscopy
4. Practical laboratory exercises - preparation of inorganic nanoparticles and their characterization
5. Practical laboratory exercises - deternination of partcile size and zeta-potential by Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS)
6. Practical laboratory exercises - preparation and characterization of liposomes
7. Practical laboratory exercises - aggregation, micellar systems
8. Practical laboratory exercises - preparation of polyelectrolyte complexes
9. Practical laboratory exercises - preparation of nanolayers (spin-coating), characterization of layers by using optical and interference microscopy
10. Practical laboratory exercises - electron microscopy


The goal of the course is to familiarize students with techniques utilized for preparation and characterization of nano-systems and nanomaterials for medicine and other advanced applications.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPCP_CHCHT Bachelor's

    branch BPCO_CHMN , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme CKCP_CZV lifelong learning

    branch CKCO_CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit


Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer