Practical course biosensors & neuroelectronics

Objectives

After participation in this course, the student is able to independently conduct defined research projects related to the interdisciplinary fields of biosensors & neuroelectronics. This includes: • performing a literature research with regards to defined subfields in the above given field • designing experiments that allow testing hypotheses with respect to printing-based fabrication, biosensing, and chip-based devices • conducting experiments to gather microscopic or electrochemical data • analyzing structural microscopic data, electrochemical characteristics or sensor readings • presenting results orally during biweekly group meetings and in writing in the form of a lab report

Description

For open topics, please contact philipp.rinklin@tum.de or nouran.adly@tum.de. The participants will work on up-to-date research projects of the neuroelectronics group. The course will start with a screening of the current literature. Afterwards, the students will work on a defined scientific project within the interdisciplinary field of neuroelectronics, which is derived from the group’s research goals. The students will present their results in a written report as well as an oral presentation. The integration of students within the research group is fostered by appointing an experienced group member as an additional mentor. This will allow the students to participate at cutting-edge research projects at an early stage of their career.

Prerequisites

Solid background in natural sciences as well as data analysis in Matlab or Python

Teaching and learning methods

The module will comprise a project lab course. After an introduction to the field, the student will independently carry out state-of-the-art neuroelectronic experiments. The results will be analyzed and discussed with an experienced tutor. This will help the student to design follow-up experiments to reach their scientific goal. Thereby the students will achieve a deeper understanding of the interdisciplinary field of neuroelectronics in a research environment and learn to design, conduct, analyze and present scientific experiments.

Examination

Written lab report (Projektarbeit): 60% Lab performance and discussion (Laborleistung): 40% The examination consists of a written report introducing the scientific background, the motivation, and the experiments and results of the project (Projektarbeit, 15-25 pages). In addition, regular discussions with the assigned tutor (research assistant) about the progress of the experiments and resulting next steps (Laborleistung, 5-10 Experiments, 2-4 short progress presentations). The written report demonstrates the student’s ability to summarize the theoretical background of a scientific project and to analyze and evaluate the results. The regular discussions with the tutor measure the student’s ability to develop a scientific idea within the field of neuroelectronics. Starting from initial concepts, the student delivers interim results at relevant milestones and finally reaches the set goals within the given timeframe.

Recommended literature

B. J. Kirby, Micro- and Nanoscale Fluid Mechanics, 1st ed. (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2013) E. R. Kandel, J. H. Schwartz, and T. M. Jessell, Principles of Neural Science, 4th Revised edition (Mcgraw-Hill Professional, New York, NY, 2000) S. Cosnier, editor , Electrochemical Biosensors (Pan Stanford Publishing, Singapore, 2015). Additional project-specific literature will be given at the project start.