Explore the use and implications of nanotechnology in medicine
Nanotechnology is used to control and manipulate nanometer-sized matter with nanometer precision. This can be atoms, molecules, or larger biological structures such as DNA or living cells.
On this course, you’ll explore the potential of nanotechnology products in medical applications, to create new devices that can be used to diagnose a disease or monitor a medical treatment.
You’ll also consider the ethical impact of new medical nanotechnology and what societal behaviour might be affected by them.
What topics will you cover?
- Introduction to the technology and science of nanotechnology
- The relation between nanotechnology and medical applications
- The impact and possible consequences of new techniques for ethical questions and societal behaviour
- Introduction to the underlying science and technology of nanotechnology developments and of the techniques used to produce devices that use nanotechnology
- Nano and breath: Electronic nose; Nano and blood: Lab-on-a-chip; Nano and urine: Cancer detection
- Example cases where new technology is not an independent development but arises from societal questions, and in turn also creates new societal and ethical questions
When would you like to start?
Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone with an interest in nanotechnology or medicine.
Some of the technical sections of the course require undergraduate-level mathematics and physics, but these sections are not required to understand the main part of the course.
Who developed the course?
University of Twente
As a young and entrepreneurial university in the Netherlands, the University of Twente prepares young people to tackle the grand challenges the world will be facing during the coming decades.