After successful completion of the course, the participant should have the ability to:
describe, discuss and perform design of compounds for molecular recognition of small organic molecules as well as large biomolecules, in particular proteins
describe and discuss the properties and principles that are common to the binding of molecules to each other and to catalysis.
plan design and chemical modification of proteins
evaluate cost - benefit relationships in the design and synthesis of organic molecules that bind to different types of molecular targets
describe how the basic principles of chemical molecular design can be applied to the design of functional biomaterials
Studies and comparison of molecular recognition: small vs small (supramolecular chemistry), small vs large (drug-protein and substrate-enzyme interactions), large vs large (protein-protein interactions). Application of these principles to the design of molecules that inhibit the interaction between biomacromolecules and between ligands and biomacromolecules, for the development of chemical tools and of drugs. Modification and design of enzymes and catalytically active polypeptides. Design of functional surfaces and polymeric biomaterials.
Lectures, seminars, literature searches, group work and theoretical projects. Training in oral and written communication . Participation in seminars and projects is mandatory.
Written exam at the end of the course, 7 credits. The seminar and project correspond to 3 credits. The final grade is a weighted combination of the individual grades.