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Nanotechnology for Health: Innovative Designs for Medical Diagnosis

University of Twente via FutureLearn


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.

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.


  • Introduction to Nanotechnology and Health
    • Introduction to Nanotechnology
    • Medical diagnostics
    • Cleanroom technology
    • High Tech, Human Touch
  • Nano and breath: Electronic nose
    • Breath analysis
    • The basics of the electronic nose
    • Technology of cantilevers
    • Cleanroom technology
    • Beyond the technology
  • Nano and blood: Lab-on-a-chip
    • What's in your blood?
    • A lab-on-a-chip for blood analysis
    • Chip design
    • Cleanroom Technology
    • From bench to business
  • Nano and urine: Cancer detection
    • What's in your urine?
    • Detecting cancer in your urine
    • Cleanroom technology
    • Future applications
    • Early diagnostics: the promise of nanotechnology

Taught by

Martin Bennink


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