Course syllabus

Introduktion till mikrofluidik och lab-on-a-chip system
Introduction to Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-chip Systems

EEMN21, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2017/18
Decided by: PLED BME
Date of Decision: 2017-03-30

General Information

Elective for: BME4-bf, E4-mt, F4, F4-mt, F4-nf, N4-nbm
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The course gives a broad introduction to the area of microfluidics with an outlook towards lab-on-a-chip systems. Microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip systems deal with liquid and gas flows in micrometer-sized channels, often for chemical and biochemical analysis. The area is truely interdiciplinary where micro- and nanotechnologies are utilised for integration of electrical, mechanical, chemical and optical functions on a chip. Systems based on microfluidics play an 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 parameters (e.g. the Reynolds number), flow characterisation, valves, mechanical and electrokinetical pumps, mixing, droplet microfluidics, chemical separation, cell separation, detection, applications within chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, biology and medicine, and acoustics on chip.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Compulsory parts to be passed: lab exercises including reports, active participation in the article presentation, project work including oral presentation and written report, written exam.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0116. Name: Laboratory Exercise 1.
Credits: 0,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Laboratory exercise performed and lab report passed.
Code: 0216. Name: Laboratory Exercise 2.
Credits: 0,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Laboratory exercise performed and lab report passed if this is demanded.
Code: 0316. Name: Laboratory Exercise 3.
Credits: 0,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Laboratory exercise performed and lab report passed.
Code: 0416. Name: Article Presentation.
Credits: 0,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Article presented satisfactory.
Code: 0516. Name: Project.
Credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Project performed, presented orally and project report passed.
Code: 0616. Name: Examination.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Graded exam.


Required prior knowledge: Fundamental courses in physics, chemistry or biology.
The number of participants is limited to: 32
Selection: 1. Field of degree project. 2. Credits remaining for the degree. 3. Final grades on courses given within the study programme. 4. Interview.
The course overlaps following course/s: EEMN20, EEM055

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Pelle Ohlsson,
Course coordinator: Per Augustsson,
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