MEMS for Applications in Life Science

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1TM132

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Materials Engineering A1F, Technology A1F
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2 March 2021
Responsible department
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

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

Learning outcomes

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.

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 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. Chip-based molecular biology. Cell-based chips for biotechnology. Bio-MEMS for cell biology. Tissue microtechnology. Implantable micro-devices.


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


Written exam at the end of the course (3 credits) and 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.