BioE599J: Bioengineering Applications of Microfabrication

Course name Bioengineering Applications of Microfabrication
Course number BioE599J
Cross listings: pending
Credit Hours 3+1
Quarter Offered Winter
Frequency Every even year
Prerequisites Required: none
Recommended: EE502
Course Description This course is aimed at preparing graduate students to use 2- and 3-dimensional structures with features between 1mm and 0.1µm in their research with biomaterials complex liquids. (It may also be taken by advanced undergraduates with advance permission of the instructor.) It is best taken as part of a two-quarter sequence beginning with EE502: Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), which focuses on "dry" MEMS devices. However, EE502 is not a prerequisite. This course focuses on those aspects of microfabrication that are best suited to micropatterning of surfaces, BioMEMS, and microfluidic chemical analytical systems. Initial material reviews microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), fabrication techniques, microfluidic chemical analytical systems, and "soft lithography" through lectures and discussion of current literature. The 3 credit lecture course is open.
Laboratory The companion 1 credit companion laboratory course project is limited to 7 students. The purpose of the laboratory course is to learn (hands on!) how to prepare devices that will be immediately useful in the student's research. In the lab students will make etched silicon microstructures (or SU-8 structures, depending on shape requirements) to prepare polymeric replicas for use in micropatterning, micromolding or microfluidics.
Keywords Biosensors, DNA probes, microfluidics, chemical analysis systems.
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Contact Name: Prof. Paul Yager
Department: Bioengineering

This course is part of the curriculum in Applied Microtechnology at the University of Washington.

For more information please contact Karl Böhringer (