PhD Summer School: Micro and Nano Sensors

Micro and Nano Sensors 

 Summer schools 2016

Dates for 2017: 14-25 August

The program for 2016 can be viewed here. 

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Micro and nano sensors are emerging as promising techniques in for example diagnostics and environmental control. They have the potential to be very small, simple and cheap with all sample preparation integrated. 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 sensors such as cantilevers, nano-resonators, 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 1) give you an overview of the state of the art micro and nano sensors such as cantilever-like sensors, Nano-wire based sensors, electrochemical sensors, agglutination assays and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy, and 2) to give you hands-on experience in sensor fabrication, surface functionalization and sensor applications.  

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:

  • Bacteria impedence biosensors

  • Surface enhanced Raman scattering on nanopillar substrates

  • Surface enhanced Raman scattering on a disc

  • Agglutination assay on a disc

  • Electrochemistry on a disc

  • Pyrolized carbon electrodes for bioelectrochemistry

You earn 5 ECTS points.

Price: €375

Important information


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