BioMEMS and Microfluidics
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.
Module version of WS 2019/20 (current)
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|WS 2019/20||WS 2015/6|
EI7473 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered every 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
- Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||60 h||5 CP|
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
• Introduction to polymer-based microsystems & printing technologies
• Introduction to fluid mechanics: applications of the Navier-Stokes equation
• The diffuse structure of the electrical double layer
• Droplet microfluidics
• Microfluidic cell culture systems: Network patterning & axon guiding
• Cell-chip communication & biohybrid systems
• On-chip neuroscience
1. compare different models for electrode/electrolyte interfaces and explain their limitations
2. illustrate the physical concepts and applications for on-chip particle and droplet actuation
3. understand the mechanisms of electrically and electrochemically coupled cell-chip interfaces
4. describe various methods of neuronal network patterning
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VI||4||BioMEMS & Microfluidics||Rinklin, P. Wolfrum, B.||
Fri, 10:00–13:00, MSB E.126
Learning and Teaching Methods
During the exercise, the students solve and discuss related problems. This helps the students to achieve a deeper understanding of the topics and learn to apply the taught concepts to practical tasks. In combination, this helps the students to acquire the teaching goals, which are listed above.
During the exercise, exercise sheets are discussed using blackboard notes and solutions are made available via Moodle after the exercise.
 A. J. Bard and L. R. Faulkner, Electrochemical Methods: Fundamentals and Applications, 2. (Wiley, New York, 2001).
Description of exams and course work
In the written exam, the students demonstrate their knowledge of BioMEMS and associated physical phenomena by answering questions without supporting material. They will also show their ability to transfer the conveyed concepts by solving BioMEMS- and microfluidics-related problems.
In addition, there will be a mid-term test in form of an exercise that can raise the grade of a passed exam (does not apply to retake exams) by 0.3 grade points. This mid-term test comprises solving weekly problems in the form of three solved exercise sheets.
There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.