Summer Semester 2016

Joachim Heberle (FU)
Title: Advanced biophysics

Description: This module will present and substantiate biophysical methods and concepts. Selected methods like spectroscopy and diffraction and their application to proteins, nucleic acids and biomembranes are of particular relevance. The lecture series will cover a selection of the following methods: absorption spectroscopy in the UV, visible and IR region; fluorescence spectroscopy, time-resolved approaches; spectroscopy with linear and circular polarized light; vibrational spectroscopy: Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR), resonance Raman, surfance-enhanced Raman and IR; diffraction with X-rays, Neutrons and electrons; crystallization and protein crystallography; nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR); light scattering; single molecule spectroscopy; optical tweezer; atomic force microscopy; theoretical methods: MD simulations, Poisson-Boltzmann, QM/MM. The lecture series is accompanied by a practical course of 8 biophysical experiments.

Place: FU Berlin, FB Physik, 1.3.14 Hörsaal A
Duration: Every Tuesdays and Fridays, noon to 2 p.m.
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David Bleger (HU)
Title: Supramolecular chemistry

Description: the course covers the basic principles of supramolecular chemistry and the self-assembly/organization of small molecules and macromolecules, with an emphasis on materials science (supramolecular polymers, liquid crystals, organic electronics,...). The course is divided between regular lectures and seminars, which consist in the detailed discussion of a particular paper covering the topic studied during the week.

Location: Adlershof Campus, room NEW 14 1'15
Duration: Mondays and Fridays, 11 am to 12. Starts April 18.

Hans Riegler (MPI)
Title: Thin films and interfaces

Description: Surface Tension, Wetting, Capillary Effects, Contact Angles, The Electric Double
Layer, Surface Forces (Van der Waals, DLVO), Adsorption, Self Organization, Phase
Transitions in Thin Films, Nucleation and Domain Growth, Transport at Interfaces.

Location: UP, Physics Institute
Duration: Wed. 10:15 to 11:45, Thu. 11:00 to 11:45

Ralph Graef (UP)
Title: Cell biology for life scientists

Location: Uni-Potsdam, Haus 25, B0.01
Duration: Every Thursday, from 4:15 to 5:45 pm, starting on April 14


Jiayin Yuan (MPIKG)
Title: Membrane structure and application


Description: A membrane in the strict sense is defined as a selective barrier that allows certain species to pass through but rejects others. These species includes molecules, ions, or particles. Biological membranes govern the selective permeation within living creatures, while synthetic membranes regulate the physicochemical process and mass transport in practical applications. This course will introduce some fundamental aspects of biological and synthetic membranes, understand the transport mechanism and the applications of these membranes in living creatures and in our physical world. Both dense membrane (such as cell membranes) and porous membranes (such as nano/microfiltration membranes) will be discussed. The aim of this course is thus to give a comprehensive overview of the state-of-the-art membrane science at a primary level and recognize the significance of membrane technology in shaping some of our lives. By participation of this lecture, the audience will be equipped at the end with solid background and knowledge to approach in the future more specific and advanced membrane branches, such as separators in electrochemical devices, salinity gradient power generation by membrane technology, desalination, etc.

Location: MPIKG, Seminar room above the library
Duration: Mondays and Thuersdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Starts on Monday April 11.

Silke Leimkuehler (UP)
Title: Metalloproteins

Location: Uni-Potsdam
Duration: Full day block course, from September 26 to September 30, 2016