Third-Cycle Courses

Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course MAM030F valid from Spring 2019

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  • English
  • If sufficient demand
  • The aim of the course is to mediate knowledge of safe manufacturing and handling of engineered nanoparticles and of nanomaterials i.e. materials containing nanoparticles, in the perspective of human health and of environment. Aspects such as safety important particle characteristics, exposure- and emission assessment, nano toxicology, precautionary principle, safe-by-design, human-technology interaction, risk assessment, risk management, risk communication, life cycle analysis, legislation, and ethical aspects will be covered.
  • Particle properties (size, shape, aspect-ratio, solubility, chemical composition), lung deposition and clearance, emissions, exposure, toxicity, risk management, human-technology interaction, biomarkers, engineering controls and personal protection, risk- and safety communication, food chain transport, life cycle analyses, ethical aspects, and legislation.
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to describe the concept of risk and how risk can be assessed in different stages (production, incorporation in consumer product, handling of product, end-of-life) of an engineered nanoparticle/nanomaterial
    be able to describe the concepts of precautionary principle and safe-by-design and how these concepts are employed in the nano technology research and development
    be able to connect different properties of an engineered nanoparticle/nanomaterial to human uptake through skin, lung and gastrointestinal tract
    describe the connections between handling of nanoparticle-containing products, nanoparticle emissions and environmental exposure
    describe basic mechanisms and health endpoints related to nanoparticle toxicity
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to carry out simple measurements of airborne nanoparticles and understand the results
    orally and in writing, with authority, be able to communicate safety aspects of nano technology research and development
    have compiled basic strategies, and motivations to these, to work towards implementing safe-by-design
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to choose and motivate instruments to design an occupational exposure measurement
    demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research with a set of toxicological approaches (human, animal models, cell studies)
    be able to judge and interpret risk assessments related to production and handling of nanoparticles and nanomaterials.
    be able to identify knowledge gaps in nanosafety
    be able to discuss ethical and legal considerations related to nanosafety
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Project
  • Self-study literature review
Examination Formats
  • Written report
  • Written assignments
  • Seminars given by participants
  • Detailed description of the different examination formats: 1) Approved individual home assignment before course start (summarize two scientific papers), and discussion of these in groups at start of course week 1; 2) 80% minimum participation to the lectures (1.5 weeks); 3) Approved group task to be done between course week 1 and course week 2, presented in writing and orally during course week 2; 4) Participation in laboratory exercise; 5) Approved final home assignment after course week 2 (hazard identification connected to doctoral student’s own research).
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
  • The course is open for PhD students within the fields of engineering, science, and medicine. PhD students within Nanolund have priority. The course is also open for representatives from industry and legislation. Master students with a documented interest in nanosafety, or doing there master's thesis in this field, can be admitted if there are vacancies available.
Assumed Prior Knowledge
Selection Criteria
  • PhD students affiliated to NanoLund have priority.
  • Course literature will be provided by the lecturers.
Further Information
  • Course coordinator: Christina Isaxon. This course is identic with part 1 in the course "Nanosafety", 7,5 hp. Part 2 in the "7.5 hp"-course, a project, is thus not included in this course.
Course code
  • MAM030F
Administrative Information
  • 2019-02-07
  • Mats Ohlin

All Published Course Occasions for the Course Syllabus

1 course occasion.

Start Date End Date Published
2019‑04‑23 (approximate) 2019‑06‑28

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