Within the Micro and Nano Engineering (MNE) Section, we use the unique opportunities of the small length-scale to create breakthroughs for solving societal and industrial problems. At the micro and nano-scale, properties and effects of objects and their interactions become dominant which are not relevant at larger length-scale. This, on one hand, allows to define materials and devices with new and extreme performance, e.g. high-resolution sensors, or systems for cell growth and mechanobiology. On the other hand, new methods and tools are needed for “handling matter” at the small scale, e.g. for pipetting very tiny amounts of liquid or for manufacturing 3D structures at the very small scale. We address societal and industrial challenges in bio/health, high-tech and energy.
As a focus area within the MSc High-Tech Engineering (HTE) programme, MNE provides students with the knowledge and skills to lead the development and implementation of such innovations.
The MSc assignments are done within MNE’s research program. In our research projects we usually collaborate with industrial parties, which promotes the application relevance for our work. There are also opportunities for doing an MSc assignment within industrial companies, particularly with companies we have a relationship with through our research. In our assignments we pair basic understanding and modelling with a strong experimental aspect, which involves working with high-end machines in the laboratory for fabricating and characterizing small-scale objects and effects. In this way, students get familiar with state-of-art equipment, sometimes even beyond what can be found in an industrial environment.
Available MSc Projects
- 3D fabrication and mechanical characterization of polymer/hydrogel 3D scaffolds for cell culture (Angelo Accardo)
- Advanced photonic 3D fabrication and 3D imaging techniques for guiding and unveiling the fate of neural stem cells (Angelo Accardo)
- 2.5D Hybrid polymer/metal Neuron-On-Chip architectures by two-photon polymerization and multi-focal lithography (Angelo Accardo)
- ‘Brilliantly clean’ - diamond electrodes for wastewater treatment (Ivan Buijnsters)
- Pick-and-place of fluorescent diamond nanoparticles (Murali Ghatkesar & Ivan Buijnsters)
- Measuring mass of a single bacterium in liquid (Murali Ghatkesar)
- Portable, versatile, modular, hybrid microfluidic system (Murali Ghatkesar)
- Single cell biopsy (Murali Ghatkesar)
- Mechanically switching chemical and physical adsorption (Urs Staufer)
- Toxic or not? A μ-fluidic system for health monitoring in space (Urs Staufer)
- Brain implant - How to overcome the contradiction of stiff electrodes that are extremely flexible? (Urs Staufer)
- Sensor Network on 3D Polymer-Structures (Urs Staufer)
- Soft photonics - fitting light to free-form, soft surfaces (Urs Staufer)
- Design, manufacture and test of mechanical micro/nano metamaterials for sensing and actuation (Marcel Tichem)
- Nanoparticles (NP), deposition, arrangement, direct write; NP bio-sensors ; additive manufacturing of actuators based on NPs (Marcel Tichem)
- Development of new manufacturing processes and innovative assembly methods (e.g. self-assembly) and tools for high-volume 3D nano-manufacturing (Marcel Tichem)
For additional questions please contact the mentioned staff members or our MSc coordinator: