MEMS for Applications in Life Science

5 credits

Course, Master's level, 1TM132

Spring 2024 Spring 2024, Uppsala, 33%, On-campus, English Only available as part of a programme

Spring 2025 Spring 2025, Uppsala, 33%, On-campus, English

Spring 2025 Spring 2025, Uppsala, 33%, On-campus, English For exchange students

About the course

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.

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