376-1351-00L  Micro/Nanotechnology and Microfluidics for Biomedical Applications

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersE. Delamarche
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


376-1351-00 VMicro/Nanotechnology and Microfluidics for Biomedical Applications2 hrs
Wed15-17ML H 41.1 »
E. Delamarche

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AbstractThis course is an introduction to techniques in micro/nanotechnology and to microfluidics. It reviews how many familiar devices are built and can be used for research and biomedical applications. Transistors for DNA sequencing, beamers for patterning proteins, hard-disk technology for biosensing and scanning microfluidics for analyzing tissue sections are just a few examples of the covered topics.
ObjectiveThe main objective of the course is to introduce micro/nanotechnology and microfluidics to students having a background in the life sciences. The course should familiarize the students with the techniques used in micro/nanotechnology and show them how micro/nanotechnology pervades throughout life sciences. Microfluidics will be emphasized due to their increasing importance in research and medical applications. The second objective is to have life students less intimidated by micro/nanotechnology and make them able to link instruments and techniques to specific problems that they might have in their projects/studies. This will also help students getting access to the ETHZ/IBM Nanotech Center infrastructure if needed.
ContentMostly formal lectures (2 × 45 min), with a 2 hour visit and introduction to cleanroom and micro/nanotechnology instruments, last 3 sessions would be dedicated to the presentation and evaluation of projects by students (3 students per team).
Prerequisites / NoticeNanotech center and lab visit at IBM would be mandatory, as well as attending the student project presentations.

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersE. Delamarche
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationTeams of students (3 per team) select a topic from a list. The description of the topic will help students frame their work and report. They write a report (3 - 5 pages) presenting the topic as well as a brief overview of the most advanced work done on this topic. They provide their opinion on how they think the topic might develop and what can limit this development. They present their work to the class and answer questions. The report and presentation are used to provide a grade.

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