Microfluidics has emerged as an enabling field through joint efforts of researchers from different disciplines. The application of fluidic concepts to micro/nanosystems yielded lab-on-a-chip (LOC) devices as a solution for several scientific challenges. Today, LOC systems are forming the backbone of several biochemical analysis methods including biosensors.

The goal of this course to cover the basics and the latest developments in the field of microfluidics and their application areas in sensing and diagnostics. The first half of the course is intended to cover the fundamental fluidic concepts. The second half of the course covers the application areas of microfluidic and LOC systems, such as biosensors, point-of-care diagnostic devices, organ-on-chip systems and next generation sequencing devices.

For students interested in a hands-on experience, an extended module with multiple laboratory sessions is available (option-2). The lecture is a pre-requisite to take the laboratory practice session. Laboratory part is for students interested in getting their hands wet and have a feel for microfluidic circuits. Lab is composed of three successive sessions that build on each other. Group work is preferable. Groups of 3-4 students are ideal.