ENG BE 506
Physical Chemistry of Cell Structure and Machinery
Building on the engineering perspective of molecular-cell biology presented in ENG BE 505, the objective of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the physical chemistry of molecular structures important in living cells and in technological applications. Topics include: noncovalent interactions of biomolecules in water, thermodynamics of solutions and phase mixtures; nonequilibrium kinetics; polymer physics and elasticity; lipid self-assembly and interfacial thermodynamics; biomembranes; adhesion and molecular bonding; chemical grafting and surface analysis. 4 cr. 2nd sem.