The lectures of the C-DNA program will be given by experienced faculty members who will explain the fundamental principles behind the standard nanotechnology techniques in a language that is understandable by researchers of bio/medical background. The hands-on training will be focused on characterization tools that are commonly used in nanobiotechnology research, such as SEM, TEM, Raman and FTIR etc. There will also be training modules which will mimic an entire nanobio-research project, ranging from synthesis, characterization of a system of nanoparticles to applying the system for therapeutics and sensing applications. This will be a unique experience for the participants in which the entire spectrum - from materials to devices and systems - will be covered in one single module. In addition, there will be lectures from experienced faculty members and government officials to create awareness about IP creation and policy issues (bio-ethics) pertaining to nanobiotechnology research. In addition, we propose to organize an international conference on nanobiotechnology every two years, which will involve participants of the training program as well as world-renowned researchers in this field.
The workshop will include theoretical lectures by experienced faculty members and technical staff, and hands-on training on nanofabrication and characterization tools.
Module I: This will focus on various characterization tools, ranging from electrical, mechanical, materials and optical characterization. The trainees will be provided hand-on experience and training on the most critical and typical tools, including but not limited to Raman and FTIR (optical), probe station (electrical), SEM and Zeta (Material) and AFM and Rheometer (Mechanical). There will also be hands-on demonstrations of using tools like XRD, TEM, with special focus on acquiring and analyzing data and Optical and Electrical Characterization tools: Probe station, Raman, FTIR, UV-Vis
Module II: This will focus on synthesis and fabrication aspects of nanoscience, that are typically not taught to biologists and doctors. Specifically, we will provide hands-on training in lithography and microwave synthesis techniques, some of which will be carried out in clean environments to provide the trainees hands on experience and exposure to clean room practices.
Module III: The purpose of this research module will be to mimic a real nanobio research problem in therapeutics, where the trainees will synthesize nanoparticles, characterize them in SEM and Zeta, and most importantly evaluate their potential for magnetic hyperthermia applications. Special focus will be given to quantitative estimates in a rigorous manner.
Module IV: The purpose of this research module will be to mimic a real nanobio research problem in biosensing, where the trainees will develop a multimodal sensing device, combining fluorescence and electrochemical sensing. Special focus will be given to quantitative estimates and rigor, especially with respect to specificity and presence of interfering signals.
We will invite established personalities from the industry and government agencies to share their views on IP and policy issues to the trainees. This will be useful for trainees who will later pursue translation-focused research in nanobiotechnology.