[ 663MAPHBPHV18 ] VL Biophysics

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3 ECTS B3 - Bachelor's programme 3. year Physics Rainer Schindl 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Biological Chemistry 2018W
Subject Students are acquainted with theories and methods of physics to understand how biological systems work. The lecture content includes:

  1. Thermodynamics: An overview on basic principles of thermodynamics required to describe biological systems is provided.
  2. Osmosis: Insights in the properties of cell membranes as semipermeable membranes and their roles.
  3. Biomembranes: Details on our current knowledge on the composition and function of biomembranes.
  4. Diffusion: Insights and physical principles on passive transport processes in biological systems. Moreover, diverse methods that enable the experimental evaluation of diffusion are presented.
  5. Electrical processes at membranes, Electrodiffusion: Details on electrical properties of lipid membranes, the development of membrane potential, the role of surface charges and the establishment of ion flux. Techniques to measurement ion currents are presented.
  6. Vesicular fusion: Presentation of the role of vesicles and ways how vesicle transport can occur. Furthermore, techniques are presented on how vesicle transport can be measured.
Criteria for evaluation Exam
Methods Lecture
Language English
Study material Biophysics: An introduction. Roland Glaser, Springer; 2nd edition (2012) Atkins' Physical Chemistry, Peter Atkins, Oxford University Press; 11th edition (2017). Biological Physics, Philip Nelson, WH Freeman; Auflage: 2007 Biological Physics, Philip Nelson, free version:
Changing subject? No
Corresponding lecture BCBPMVOBPHY: VO Biophysics (3 ECTS)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants -
Assignment procedure Direct assignment