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Biosensors and Bioelectronics 1

Module PH2095

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

PH2095 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This module description is valid to SS 2013.

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2095 is Jose Antonio Garrido Ariza.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This lecture provides general knowledge in the field of biosensors and bioelectronics. The lecture is intended to be divided into two parts, corresponding to two semesters.

The first semester will provide an introduction to physical-chemistry of the solid/water interface, an overview of electrochemistry concepts, and the operation principles of biosensors, including electrochemical sensors, optical sensors, acoustic sensors, as well as semiconductor-based sensors.

During the second semester the lecture will cover topics closer to the field of cell and molecular bioelectronics, such as membrane phenomena, generation of action potentials in living cells, cell-semiconductor interfaces, as well as electron transfer reactions in biological compounds, and transmission of information in living organisms.

Learning Outcome

After participation in this module (Biosensors and Bioelectronics 1) the student is able to:
1. Understand and explain the basics of electrode potentials, and double layer formation at metal/electrolyte and semiconductor/electrolyte interfaces
2. Describe basic aspects of electron transfer processes at metal and semiconductor electrodes, with particular attention to mass-limited electron transfer and kinetic limited electron transfer processes.
3. Understand and describe the operation principles of electrochemical biosensors, such as amperometric and potentiometric sensors
4. Understand and describe the operation principles of biosensors based on semiconductor field-effect devices.
5. Understand and describe the operation principles of optical biosensors (fiber biosensors, surface plasmon resonance -SPR- biosensors, etc).
6. Understand and describe the operation principles of piezo and acoustic biosensors (quartz crystal microbalance, surface acoustic wave -SAW- biosensors).


No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Biosensors and Bioelectronics 1 Garrido Ariza, J. singular or moved dates

Learning and Teaching Methods

lecture, projector presentation, board work


lecture script, accompanying internet site, complementary literature


  • "Electrochemical methods: Fundamentals and Applications", A.J. Bard; Wiley
  • "Physics and Chemistry of Interfaces", H.-J. Butt, Wiley
  • "Bioelectrochemistry. Encyclopedia of Electrochemistry. Vol 9", G.S. Wilson, Wiley
  • "Biological Membranes" O.Sten-Knudsen, Cambridge

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Remarks on associated module exams

The exam for this module can be taken together with the exam to the associated follow-up module PH2096: Biosensors and Bioelectronics 2 / Biosensoren und Bioelektronik 2 after the follwoing semester. In this case you need to register for both exams in the following semester.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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