Syllabus for MEMS for Applications in Life Science

MEMS för tillämpningar inom life science


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1TM132
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Materials Engineering A1F, Technology A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2021-03-02
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2023-02-27
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2023
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits in science/engineering and Micro- and Nanotechnology I. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • define basic concepts in micro- and nanotechnology,
  • define basic concepts in microfluidics,
  • design different bio-MEMS/microfluidic systems for specific biological studies,
  • discuss the advantages and disadvantages of MEMS-based systems.
  • Motivate the choice of MEMS-based/microfluidic systems for specific biological studies,
  • make predictions about the expected results in a bio-MEMS-based systems,
  • design and manufacture a bio-MEMS/microfluidic based device for a specific application


The purpose of this course is to introduce how electromechanical systems made with micro- and nanotechnology can be used for biological studies, so-called bio-MEMS. The course also includes microfluidic systems.

The history behind MEMS for applications in the life sciences. Basic theory in microfluidics, e.g. laminar flows, hydraulic resistance and capillary effects. Material properties and function, especially concerning polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Manufacturing techniques in microfluidics, such as PDMS casting. Setups required to operate a microfluidic system and collect data from it. The course treats topics related to chip-based molecular biology, cell-based chips for biotechnology, bio-MEMS for cell biology, tissue microtechnology and implantable micro-devices.


Lectures, seminars, laboratory work and small projects in groups.


Written exam (3 credits). Participation in the seminar, laboratory work and project report (2 credits).

If there are special reasons, the examiner may make an exception from the specified examination method and allow an individual student to be examined in another way. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Last modified: 2022-04-26