PhD Summer School: Micro-Nano Sensors 2020

Micro and Nano Sensors

Micro and nano sensors are emerging as promising techniques in for example diagnostics and environmental control. They have the potential to be very small, simple and cheap with all sample preparation integrated. However, it is sometimes complicated to understand the limitations and possibilities of the individual technologies both in terms of realization and applications. We will in this course get an introduction to several sensors such as mechanical resonators, electrochemical sensors and surface enhanced Raman scattering based sensors. Come and join us in this challenging endeavor!

The aim of this summer school is to 1) give you an overview of the state of the art micro and nano sensors such as cantilever-like sensors, electrochemical sensors, and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy, and 2) to give you hands-on experience in sensor fabrication, surface functionalization and sensor applications. 

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
Fabricate a micro/nano sensor
Apply micro/nano sensors
Discuss the opportunities of micro/nano sensors in drug delivery and the biomedical area
Evaluate strength and weaknesses of different sensor technologies
Understand the needs and requirements from external partners (academia/industry) when designing and choosing micro/nano sensor technologies
Plan and follow key experimental steps in sensor development – from fabrication to characterization
Present results in form of a poster and by a scientific pitch
Act as an active and critical listener at scientific seminars

Teaching methods
We will combine lectures on sensing principles and surface chemistry with hands-on laboratory work. You will have the possibility to: 1) fabricate sensors in our state of the art cleanroom facilities, 2) functionalize sensors with probe molecules and 3) apply the sensors for especially biological/pharmaceutical sensing. The sensor application experiments will be based on commercially available instruments as well as on systems developed at DTU Health Tech.
The experimental work will be performed in teams (decided by the course leaders) and the developed technologies with be discussed in plenum to be able to discover pro and cons on the various technologies and techniques. 
By the end of the summer school, we will in collaboration have generated an overview of available sensors to be used in for examples in drug delivery and the biological area.

Examples of lab projects from last year (similar projects can be expected this year, but it might differ)
Electrochemistry meets SERS – toxin detection in complex liquid matrices 
Bacterial culture on disc
SERS coding for counterfeiting applications

Read more and sign up here


Mon 17 Aug 20 7:30 -
Fri 28 Aug 20 15:00


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