BNT-30803 Research Methods BioNanoTechnology 3D, Device Design & Development

Vak code vorig jaar: (BNT-52803)


Studiepunten 3.00

Course coordinator(s)JR Krug
prof. dr. AH Velders
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. AH Velders
JR Krug
dr. V Saggiomo
Examiner(s)prof. dr. AH Velders

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Optional for L: MML Molecular Life Sciences


In the practical course Research Methods BioNanoTechnology: 3D, Device Design & Development micro and nanofabrication techniques using the Open Technology approach will be treated. Following the DIY and maker policy, top-down and bottom-up approaches will be combined to design and built devices that can be used for extreme applications, such as cheap and robust in-field analytical tools and high-end NMR spectroscopy and MRI antennas. Various 3D printing techniques will be explored. We will explore how to build parts of equipment using 3D-printing and basic electronics circuit design. While we will use novel NMR- antennas as an example of a device, this course is aimed to provide an overview of Open Technology and its applications. The course is particularly meant for students Molecular Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Biology, Food Technology, Soil Sciences, Plant Sciences, Environmental Sciences, who work with (bio)(macro)molecular analytical tools or devices that can benefit from home-built, tailor-made, (trans)portable systems.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to explain and apply the basic principles of: 
- top-down and bottom fabrication techniques; - DIY fabrication technologies such as ESCARGOT & HARICOT;
- interfacing toolbox such as ARDUINO; - miniaturization of analytical techniques;
- 3D Design and fabrication of small-scale devices;
- electronic circuits of a radiofrequency coil for NMR and MRI applications;
 - apply the home-built devices for NMR and MRI applications;
- develop an understand miniaturization of chemical and analytical instrumentation.


- study of theoretical principles;
- independently carry out the different designs, ranging from electronic circuit simulations, 3D design;
- test the home-built devices for analytical experiments, 
- process and interpret experimental data and write short report.


The final mark is based on:
- experimental performance and group contribution (50%, minimum mark 5.5);
- short written group laboratory reports on each research methodology (50%, minimum mark 5.5).
Interim marks remain valid for three years.


Handouts and selected papers, laboratory manual.

Keuze voor: MMLMolecular Life SciencesMSc4AF