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Course module: 201600042
Fabrication of Nanostructures
Course info
Course module201600042
Credits (ECTS)7.5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact J. Huskens
Examiner J. Huskens
Contactperson for the course J. Huskens
dr. A.Y. Kovalgin
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedure-
Registration using OSIRISYes
After following the course, the student can:
  1. know the building blocks (fabrication steps) of technology to fabricate a microsystem,
  2. adequately express in own words the principles and theory behind,
  3. transfer the obtained knowledge to practical examples in designing microsystems,
  4. identify the key building blocks of technology needed to realize particular examples of microsystems,
  5. develop, by combining relevant information, own process flow to realize a particular microsystem,
  6. evaluate, using motivated scientific arguments, the feasibility of the suggested process flow,
  7. understand the position of nanofabrication in the field of nanotechnology and its  relationships with other disciplines (chemistry, physics, microfabrication, engineering, electronics,  biology,...);
  8. understand basic concepts of nanofabrication, and its main classes (top-down, bottom-up,  lithography, self-assembly);
  9. To apply these concepts in (nano)chemical and materials contexts.
The course will introduce the techniques that are available for creating nanostructures, both top-down (e.g. optical lithography techniques) as well as bottom-up (self-assembly/nanochemistry).
The course is therefore divided into two sections: S1. Technology (teacher: Alexey Kovalgin); S2. Nanochemistry (teacher: Jurriaan Huskens)

S1. The course provides a general introduction to the field of manufacturing technology of microsystems. The emphasis is put on the fabrication steps. The most commonly applied steps (techniques) are treated. The techniques having the same main goal are compared, their advantages and disadvantages are discussed, the choices of suitable techniques for the particular application/device are questioned. The important criteria (e.g. film properties, uniformity, the costs, the efficiency, the reproducibility and the reliability), to compare the different techniques, are demonstrated. It is shown how fabrication steps can be combined in a process flow to fabricate a functional microsystem. Several examples are given where the integration processes to fabricate microsystems are treated in an introductory manner, including realization of microprocessors,  microfluidic systems, lab-on-a-chip, MEMS and nanoelectronic (spintronic) devices.Two main blocks are given. Block 1 considers the basics (main building blocks) of microtechnology and includes introduction and history, substrates and wafers, modification of materials, lithography, film deposition, wet and dry etching, wafer bonding and packaging. Block 2 consists of guest lectures and covers different application areas of the main building blocks to realize microsystems in the field of integrated circuits, biochips, nanoelectronics, spintronics, MEMS, and micro-fluidics.

S2 (Nanochemistry): topics:1.Introduction to Nanochemistry; 2. Gold; 3. Quantum dots; 4. Silica; 5. Polydimethylsiloxane; 6. Iron oxide; 7. Carbon.
Required materials
"Introduction to Microfabrication", Franssila, Sami ISBN: 9780470749838 (section 1)
"Concepts of Nanochemistry" by L. Cademartiri and G. A. Ozin; Wiley, ISBN: 978-3-527-32597-9. (section 2)
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

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