Postgraduate Course: Lab-on-Chip Technologies (PGEE11042)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This module will outline the basic concept of devices that integrate one or several laboratory functions on a single chip, and how they can offer advantages specific to their application. Such advantages include: low fluid volumes that lead to lower reagent costs and smaller biological samples for diagnostic purposes; faster analysis and response times that also provide better process control; the ability through parallel processing to provide high-throughput screening; and inherent low fabrication costs that make disposable chips economically viable. The influence of the scaling-down of dimensions on the physico-chemical behaviour of fluids and chemical reactions will also be covered. Current applications of lab-on-chip devices will be given.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||80% written exam
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- An appreciation of the design and development of microfluidic devices that can perform many, if not all, of the functions typically associated with full-scale automated biochemical analysis devices containing pumps, mixers, heat elements, read-out electronics, etc.
- An understanding of how to avoid the requirement of external power sources or instrumentation by incorporating into these devices the inherent properties of the fluid and its microenvironment (capillary force, evaporation, wicking, heat transfer, diffusion, etc.) for fluid movement, mixing, heating, cooling, and catalyzing chemical reactions.
- An understanding of how to apply non-dimensional parameters (e.g., Knudsen, Peclet, Reynolds number) to practical flow problems.
|Introductory Bioelectronics: For Engineers and Physical Scientists|
Ronald R. Pethig, Stewart Smith
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Filippo Menolascina
Tel: (0131 6)50 5663
|Course secretary||Miss Jo Aitkenhead
Tel: (0131 6)50 5532