PolyNano Summer School

POLYNANO group photo 2014

– Bringing lab-on-chip systems closer to the market

The PolyNano Summer School 2015 is held in collaboration with COST Action MP1205 Advances in Optofluidics and the EU project "CELL-O-MATIC"



Dates: 10-28 August 2015

2014's programme can be viewed here.

In biotechnology research, the current trend goes toward using miniaturized and automated tools for screening and diagnostics, which calls for lab-on-chip solutions.

Further development of polymer mass fabrication techniques are needed that enable patterning of polymer components on the micro- and nanoscale at low-cost and high-volumes. This may also provide a competitive edge through lower costs and increasingly environmentally friendly products.

The PolyNano summer school provides you with hands on training in industrially relevant techniques to transfer "academic" lab-on-chip systems closer to the market. You will get insights into how to think if you want to carry your scientific idea into a commercially viable solution. Furthermore, the PolyNano summer school will present you with tools for handling the challenges of communication between different scientific disciplines in true cross-disciplinary research.

Learning objectives 
If you have met the objectives of this course you will be able to: 

Describe and understand the needs for industrially relevant fabrication of polymer Lab-on-Chip systems from an industrial point of view
Construct a polymer chip using injection molding and/or nanoimprint lithography
Modify the chip for the bioanalytical measurements in question
Make the relevant bioanalytical measurements on the chip
Evaluate and analyze the bioanalytical results from the chip
Present the results and write a journal-like paper based on the experimental results

Teaching methods

The PolyNano summer school will combine academic and industrial lectures with interactive workshops as well as hands-on polymer lab-on-chip fabrication, interfacing, modification and bioanalytical application. The experimental work will primarily consist of teamwork where you will have the opportunity to: 1. Fabricate a polymer lab-on-chip device using injection molding and/or nanoimprint lithography (NIL) in our state of the art clean room facilities. 2. Modify the fabricated lab-on-chip with suitable reagents. 3. Apply the lab-on-chip in a relevant bioanalytical setting setting. 4. Be trained in how to write a journal-like paper based on the results of the work you have performed during the school. During the course you will also have the opportunity to meet and connect with different companies. For example you can discuss possible ideas for testing or learn more about the industrial side of things.

General information
The summer school includes 2 scheduled course weeks at DTU Nanotech (August 18-29) and additionally 5 days before the course to prepare for the time at DTU Nanotech (reading course material and make a poster of your own research to bring). ECTS: 5 points Price: 375 Euros The summer school is an annual event from 2012-2015 and part of the PolyNano project. PolyNano is funded by the Danish Council for Strategic Research and runs for 5½ years from 2011-2016. www.polynano.org

In 2014, the summer school was co-organized by COST MP1205 and in 2015, we expect the summer school to be co-organized by both COST MP1205 and Cell-O-Matic.

Co-organizers each contribute with the organization of an additional experimental track.

Important information

Deadline for signing up: tba 

Payment deadline: tba 

COST MP1205 program committee: Anders Kristensen, Kirstine Berg-Sørensen, Cornelia Denz, Gabriella Cipparrone, Vincent Toal


If you have any questions, please contact the organising committee.

Read a review of the summer school from last year's participants, published in Nanomedicine (Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine).