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Biomolecular Electronics

Module EI70210

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

EI70210 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Focus Area Bio-Sensors in M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


1) Introduction, overview; 2) fundamentals (electronic structure, chemical bonds, hybridization, organic compounds, polymers, lipid bilayers, DNA, proteins, the solid-liquid interface); 3) building units (wires, insulators, diodes); 4) electronic transport (classical transport, band conductivity, tunneling, hopping, coupling to contacts, discrete level model, rectification); 5) bio-molecular surface functionalization (Langmuir Blodgett, self-assembled monolayers, functionalization with biomolecules);
6) experimental test systems (scanning probes, break junctions, nanogaps, monolayer junctions); 7) electrical biosensors: surface plasmon resonance, quartz microbalance, nanopores, nanowires 8) charge transfer and transport in biomolecules: DNA and proteins; 9) organic electronics (organic thin-film transistors)

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of the module the students understand the most important mechanisms and structures of bio-molecular electronics; they know fundamentals of combining these concepts into the design of basic systems, based on bio-molecular devices.


Students should have passed following modules before taking the course:

- Werkstoffe, Elektronische Bauelemente
- Festkörper-, Halbleiter- und Bauelementephysik
- Nanotechnologie

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VI 4 Biomolecular Electronics Rojas Rojas, H. Tornow, M.
Assistants: Artmeier, S.Chryssikos, D.Gupta, H.
Thu, 13:15–16:30, 0540

Learning and Teaching Methods

In addition to classical lecture teaching and individual learning methods of the students an in-depth aquisition of knowledge shall be realized by solving calculation problems; the students get in early contact to current research topics by lab visits.


Following media will be used for teaching purposes:
- Presentations, handout notes, blackboard notes, tablet-PC, lab tours


Nanoelectronics and Information Technology. Advanced Electronic Materials and Novel Devices, R. Waser (Ed.), 3rd Ed., Wiley-VCH (2012)

Introduction to Nanoscience, S.M. Lindsay, Oxford (2010)

Molecular Electronics: An Introduction to Theory and Experiment; Juan Carlos Cuevas / Elke Scheer, World Scientific (2010)
Additional material will be provided on Moodle.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

written (60 min.);
The written exam is composed of calculation exercises and short questions about the entire lecture contents; it serves as an examination of the basic understanding of mechanisms and structures of bio-molecular electronics, and of present standard techniques to build basic systems based on those devices.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Biomolecular Electronics
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