Lecture - Biosensors and Biochips

Study Programmes

Master Elektrotechnik > Ergänzungsmodul
Master Communications Technology > Specialisation Module
Master Biophysics > Specialisation Module > Biomaterials
Master Advanced Materials > Elective Course > Biomaterials


The students describe and classify principles of operation, technological implementations and application areas of different sensors. They recognize and discuss the various physical phenomena in semiconductors, which are used for the detection of physical quantities and their conversion to electrical signals. They know various semiconductor materials suitable for the production of sensors, analyze the peculiarities of each one, explain and predict their response under different conditions and can calculate sensor examples for different measurement needs. The students can design a semiconductor sensor choosing the right material among several semiconductors. They are able to analyze a measurement problem, compare appropriate sensing techniques and develop their own solution. Doing this they can properly dimension the sensor unit to meet the design specifications.


•    Introduction to biosensors
•    Applications overview
•    Biological detection methods: catalytic, immunologic, etc.
•    Physical transduction methods: electrochemical, optical, gravimetric, etc.
•    Immobilization techniques: adsorption, entrapment, cross-linking, covalent bonds
•    Biochip technologies: DNA and protein chips, Ion-channel devices, MEA and MTA, Implants
•    Extras: invited talk(s), experimental exercise, excursion

ENGB 73028


Dott. Alberto Pasquarelli


Winter Semester

Language: English


Lecture / Seminar / Lab

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