Biomedical Nanotechnology

By Prof. P. Gopinath   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 6407   |  Exam registration: 848
Biomedical nanotechnology is a rapidly developing field, which includes a diverse collection of disciplines. The applications of nanotechnology are gaining overwhelming response in almost all the fields. Especially in healthcare sector, tremendous developments have been achieved. For example, cancer diagnosis and therapy, medical implants, tissue engineering etc. In the coming years, the developments in this field are expected to fluorish and lead to several life saving medical technologies and treatment methods. Thus, the main objective of this course is to impart knowledge on biomedical applications of nanotechnology.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : UG/PG students of Biotechnology/ Nanotechnology.

PRE-REQUISITES : Basic knowledge in biology.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
  • Bioengineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 21 Aug 2023
End Date : 15 Sep 2023
Enrollment Ends : 21 Aug 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 15 Sep 2023
Exam Date : 28 Oct 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:  Introduction to nano, Nano-biomimicry, Synthesis of nanomaterials by physical and chemical methods, Synthesis of nanomaterials by biological methods, Characterisation of nanomaterials.
Week 2:   DNA nanotechnology, Protein & glyco nanotechnology, Lipid nanotechnology, Bio-nanomachines, Carbon nanotube and its bio-applications.
Week 3:   Nanomaterials for cancer diagnosis, Nanomaterials for cancer therapy, Nanotechnology in tissue engineering, Nano artificial cells, Nanotechnology in organ printing. 
Week 4: Nanotechnology in point-of-care diagnostics, Nanopharmacology & drug targeting, Cellular uptake mechanisms of nanomaterials, In vitro methods to study antibacterial and anticancer properties of nanomaterials, Nanotoxicology.

Books and references

  1. Malsch, N.H., “Biomedical Nanotechnology”, CRC Press. (2005).
  2. Mirkin, C.A. and Niemeyer, C.M., “Nanobiotechnology II: More Concepts and Applications”, Wiley-VCH. (2007).
  3. Kumar, C. S. S. R., Hormes, J. and Leuschner C., “Nanofabrication Towards Biomedical Applications: Techniques, Tools, Applications, and Impact”, WILEY -VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. (2005).
  4. Lamprecht, A., “Nanotherapeutics: Drug Delivery Concepts in Nanoscience”, Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd. (2009).
  5. Jain, K.K., “The Handbook of Nanomedicine”, Humana press. (2008).

Instructor bio

Prof. P. Gopinath

IIT Roorkee
Prof. P. Gopinath is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biotechnology at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, India. He received his B.Sc. degree in Microbiology and M.Sc. degree in Biotechnology from Bharathidasan University, India. He earned his Ph.D. in Biotechnology at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India. He did his postdoctoral research at University of Rochester Medical Center, New York, USA. Currently his research group in nanobiotechnology laboratory is working on the development of various polymer based nanocarriers for the delivery of various anticancer agents including anticancer drugs, siRNA, genes etc. This group is also exploring the possibilities of various biocompatible imaging agents for cancer diagnosis. In order to realize the efcacy of such therapeutic and imaging agents, they are validating these systems in an articial scaffold which mimics the in vivo condition to the closest extent. He has published more than 60 research articles, 5 books and 6 book chapters.

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: 
28 October 2023 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

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. 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 Roorkee.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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