Course syllabus


EEM055, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 1
Date of Decision: 2012-03-23

General Information

Elective for: E4, E4-mt, F4, F4-mt, F4-nf, N4
Language of instruction: The course might be given in English


The course gives a broad introduction to the area of microfluidics with an outlook towards Lab-On-A-Chip. Microfluidics and Lab-On-A-Chip deal with liquid and gas flows in micrometer-sized channels, often for chemical and biochemical analysis. The area is truely cross-diciplinary where micro- and nano-technologies are utilised for integration of electrical, mechanical, chemical and optical functions on a chip. Systems based on microfluidics plays and increasingly important role within areas like chemistry and biochemistry, biotechnology and medicine.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Fluid mechanics in microsystems, flow simulations, materials and methods for fabrication of microfluidic systems, surface tension, viscosity, diffusion, dimensionless parametrs like Reynolds and Weber numbers, flow characterisation, valves, mechanical and electrokinetical pumps, microfilters, mixing, chemical microreaktors, dispensing, separation, detection, applications within chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, biology and medicine, acoustics on chip, nanofluidics.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Compulsory parts to be passed: Lab exercises including reports, Active participation in the discussion forum, Project including oral presentation and written report, Written exam.


Required prior knowledge: FAF024 Fundamental Physics or FAFA01, FAFA35 Physics or any other basic course in fundamental physics.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Universitetslektor Johan Nilsson,
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