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BIOELECTRONICS

CODE 84363
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 12 cfu during the 2nd year of 8713 INGEGNERIA BIOMEDICA (L-8) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ING-INF/06
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER Annual
    PREREQUISITES
    Prerequisites
    You can take the exam for this unit if you passed the following exam(s):
    • Biomedical Engineering 8713 (coorte 2020/2021)
    • GENERAL PHYSICS 80527
    • MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS 84362
    Prerequisites (for future units)
    This unit is a prerequisite for:
    • Biomedical Engineering 8713 (coorte 2020/2021)
    • FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOMEDICAL INSTRUMENTATIONS 80221
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    "Bioelectronics" is a basic course to electronic devices and biophysical systems. Bioelectronics is a theoretical course and aims to provide the student knowledge and operational skills related to solid state physics and biophysics, with particular insights into the theoretical-modeling aspects of electronic devices and biological membranes. From a methodological point of view, the course seeks to highlight the common language between the study of natural and artificial systems through the unifying language of mathematics.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Describe the phenomena of electrical conduction in electronic systems and devices and in simple biophysical structures with particular emphasis on cell membranes.
    Demonstrate the fundamental laws governing the electrical and bio-electrical functioning of electronic devices as well as synthetic and cellular membranes.
    Describe simple circuit models of electronic components and biophysical structures.
    Solve simple application problems related to basic electronic circuits and simple biophysical systems. 
    To develop and use according to the boundary conditions circuit models for neuronal cells.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Describe the phenomena of electrical conduction in electronic systems and devices and in simple biophysical structures with particular emphasis on cell membranes.
    Demonstrate the fundamental laws governing the electrical and bio-electrical functioning of electronic devices as well as synthetic and cellular membranes.
    Describe simple circuit models of electronic components and biophysical structures.
    Solve simple application problems related to basic electronic circuits and simple biophysical systems. 
    To develop and use according to the boundary conditions circuit models for neuronal cells.

    PREREQUISITES

    Chemistry, Mathematics 1, and Mathematical Physics.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Theoretical lectures and exercises

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Introduction to bioelectronic systems. Semiconductor materials: conductors, semiconductors, insulators; charge carriers in intrinsic and doped semiconductors; optical properties of semiconductors and photoconduction.
    Molecules and biological systems: aqueous solutions; structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids and lipids; optical properties of macromolecules.
    Charge carriers motion in semiconductors: drift and diffusion; recombination. Motion and interactions of ions and molecules in solution: electrophoresis and diffusion; chemical reactions; enzymatic catalysis; membrane transport and biological membranes.
    Electronic devices: pn junction; Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (MOS) structure in accumulation; depletion, inversion; "enhancement" and "depletion" MOSFET transistors.
    Structures and systems in cell biology: membrane transport; the neuron; the synapse. Simplified biophysical models of the neuron and synapse.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    - M. Grattarola, G. Massobrio :”Bioelectronics handbook : MOSFETs, Biosensors & neurons”, McGraw-Hill, (1998).

    - S.M. Zse: “Physics of Semiconductor devices”, Wiley Inter science (1981).

    - Course notes on aulaweb.

     

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    SERGIO MARTINOIA (President)

    GIUSEPPE MASSOBRIO

    PAOLO MASSOBRIO (President Substitute)

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Written and oral exam

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Two intermediate written tests respectively in the middle of the course (January) and at the end of the course (June). The two intermediate tests are substitutes for the written test.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    13/01/2022 09:00 GENOVA Compitino
    14/01/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto L'esame scritto di Bioelettronica è destinato a coloro che hanno seguito il corso nei precedenti anni accademici.
    15/02/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    10/06/2022 09:30 GENOVA Compitino
    14/06/2022 09:00 GENOVA Compitino
    21/06/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    27/06/2022 09:30 GENOVA Scritto
    19/07/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto
    09/09/2022 09:30 GENOVA Scritto
    15/09/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto