PhD Summer School: Micro and Nano Sensors

Micro and Nanotechnology for Label-free Sensing group photo 2014 
Dates for 2016: 15-26 August 2016

The program for 2015 can be viewed here. 

Registration will open early 2016 

Label-free sensors are emerging as promising techniques in for example diagnostics and environmental control. They have the potential to be very small, simple and cheap as they do not require time-consuming labeling by i.e fluorescent markers and bulky read-out units. 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 label free sensors such as cantilevers, nano-resonator, nano-wires and miniaturized electrochemical devices. Also we will let the sensors compete against each other in order to discover their strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Come and join us in this challenging endeavor!


The aim of this summer school is to give you an overview of the state of the art label-free sensors such as cantilever-like sensors, Nano-wire based sensors, electriochemical sensors, calorimetric sensors and 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:

• Asses the applicability of different label-free sensors for a given application.
• Evaluate strength and weaknesses of different sensor technologies.
• Understand the needs and requirements from external partners (academia/industry) when designing and choosing label-free sensor technologies.
• Plan and follow key experimental steps from in sensor development - from fabrication to characterization.
• Perform functionalisation of label-free sensors.
• Work at the border between known textbook material and forefront research.
• Present own results in form of poster and scientific seminar.
• Act as an active 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 biological or environmental sensing. The sensor application experiments will be based on commercially available instruments as well as on systems developed at DTU Nanotech.

The experimental work will be performed in teams and we let the different sensors ‘compete’ against each other in order to discover cons/pros of the individual sensors.  By the end of the school we will in collaboration have generated an overview of the strength and weaknesses of the different sensors. To pass the course, you must take active part in the group work.

The level of cleanroom work required in the work with the four types of sensors is:

  • All Polymer Sensors (medium)

  • Cantilever-like Sensors (high)

  • Bacteria Impedence Biosensors (medium)

  • Silicon Nano wire Sensors (high)

  • Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy on nanopillar substrates (high)

You earn 5 ECTS points.

Price: €375

Important information

Deadline for signing up: 15 May 2015

Payment deadline: 1June 2015 



If you have any questions about the summer school, please contact the organising comittee