Biological Materials[Physics 3809]

Silvia Mittler

Biological Materials [Physics 3809]

September 2011 - December 2011: Tuesday, 2:30 - 4:30 pm and Thursday 2:30-3:30 pm in P&A room 137

by Silvia Mittler, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UWO, WSC 09, tel: (519) 661-2111 ext 88592,

office hours: Mo-Th: 9:00 -17:00, Fr: 9:00 - 12:00, e-mail:


Example Textbook: J.S. Temenoff, A.G. Mikos, Biomaterials, The Intersection of Biology and Material Sciences, PEARSON, Prentice Hall, 2008
The book is a CAN not a MUST. I am not using it in class!!!!

Content: The composition of biomaterials; chemical bonds and interactions; functional groups; water, pH and buffer; DNA, the genetic code; amino acids; proteins; primary, secondary and tertiary structure; lipids and water-lipid phase diagram; lipid monolayers, LB technology; the lipid double layer: biomembranes, structure and order, function, physical properties, electrical properties; Gouy-Chapman theory of the electrical double layer; Nernst'potential or the membrane polarisation; transport proteins; the cell; energy and energy storage; the muscle; the nerve cell

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Last revised: August 2011