Bioenergetics of Life Processes

By Prof. Mainak Das   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 3076
Bioenergetics is a fundamental process in the evolution. The primitive self assembly of molecules to the supra-assembly of large polymers are govern by the basic laws of energetics. In this course, we will be discussing the basic energy harvesting processes which govern the self assembly of biomolecules and their utilization to generate energy to run the biological machinery of evolution.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Bioengineers, Chemical engineers, Energy studies, Agriculturist, Policy makers
PRE-REQUISITES   : 10+2 in science 
INDUSTRY SUPPORT   : Bio-mimetics design, Solar panel development, Biosensor industry, Bio-electrochemical process industry
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 24 Feb 2020
End Date : 20 Mar 2020
Exam Date : 26 Apr 2020 IST
Enrollment Ends : 24 Feb 2020
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1  :  Introduction to Bioenergetics
Week 2  :  Chemosynthesis and energy dynamics
Week 3  :  Photosynthesis & photosynthetic electron transfer
Week 4  :  Mitochondrial electron transport chain and ATP synthesis

Books and references

•    M. Bioenergetics Edited by Lars Ernster
     New Comprehensive Biochemistry Volume 9
     A Neuberger and LLM Van Deenen
•    Foundations of Bioenergetics By Harold Morowitz
•    Biochemistry by Lubert Stryer
•    Principles of Biochemistry by Lehninger

Instructor bio

Prof. Mainak Das

IIT Kanpur
Prof.Mainak Das is a faculty of IIT Kanpur India in the department of biological sciences & bioengineering since April 26 2010. He did his bachelors degree (1989-1994) in agriculture from College of Agriculture Indore. Thereafter he did his post graduate degree (1994-1997) in animal physiology from National Dairy Research Institute Karnal India. Following his post graduate studies, he worked as researcher in IISc Bangalore India (1997-1999), University of Neuchatel, Switzerland (1999-2000), University of Clemson, USA (2000-2004) and in University of Central Florida, USA (2004-2010). He did his doctoral studies from College of Medicine of University of Central Florida (2004-2008), while working as a full time employee of the university. He introduced the regular physiology course for the PG students in IIT Kanpur in 2011. He has wide interest in physiology, sensors, energy and bioelectronics and maintains an active research team at IT Kanpur, India. Prof. Das has been working on cell culture technologies, serum free medium development and defined cell culture systems for last 20 years. He has expertise in long term culturing of excitable cells. His doctoral thesis is a complex problem of modern cell culture technology, titled:‘Tissue Engineering The Motoneuron To Muscle Segment Of The Stretch Reflex Arc Circuit Utilizing Micro-fabrication,Interface Design And Defined Medium Formulation’.

Course certificate

• The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
• The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
• Date and Time of Exams: 26th April 2020, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
• Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
• The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
• Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

• Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments
 given in the course. 
• Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
• Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

• If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
• Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
• Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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