Descriptionhe course introduces a series of modern experimental methods for studying soft materials and biophysical model systems.
The following topics are covered:
Surface sensitive techniques for characterizing biomolecular interfaces including atomic force microscopy (AFM), imaging ellipsometry and Brewster angle microscopy (BAM). Examples of systems studies are: Supported bilayers and monolayers (Simonsen).
Micromechanical methods for fabrication, manipulation and characterization of micro and nanoparticles (Needham).
Fabrication of Langmuir monolayers of surfactant molecules and characterization of these with X-ray and neutron reflectometry (Klösgen).
Confocal fluorescence microscopy and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) for studying membranes and cells (Bagatolli).