Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Polymer micro fabrication

Overall Course Objectives

The goal of this course is to provide you with hands-on experience in the experimental techniques used for polymer microfabrication and characterization, as well as to give you sufficient background to choose the most suitable techniques for a given application. You will be introduced to fast prototyping techniques such as laser ablation and 3D printing, and to mass fabrication methods such as injection molding. You will analyze a real-world microsystems problem and propose a polymer prototype solution of your own design. You will learn to plan and carry out experiments in advanced laboratories, with focus on safe working procedures. You will also visit Danish polymer processing companies to establish your network with relevant industry.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the basics of polymer chemistry and physics relevant for polymer microfabrication and microsystems
  • Explain the methods and the mode of operation of the equipment used
  • Apply selected methods to produce a polymer microsystem
  • Analyze a problem relating to polymer microsystems
  • Identify advantages and drawbacks of fabrication methods for polymer microsystems
  • Propose a polymer prototype solution to a given real-world problem
  • Design a process flow diagram for the fabrication of a polymer microsystem
  • Write and present a critical report on the work process and the obtained results

Course Content

This course is built around a set of real-world problems calling for polymer microsystem solutions. The solution to each problem will require both polymer fabrication and characterization techniques, many of them available as part of the DTU Nanolab facilities. The course will include a short theoretical introduction to explain the basic principles behind the polymer microfabrication processes. The polymer micro- and nanofabrication methods discussed in the course include soft lithography, 3D printing (from micro to macroscale), laser micromachining, hot embossing, and injection molding. Furthermore, basic characterization methods such as optical microscopy, contact angle measurements, SEM, profilometry and XPS will be introduced. The content of the course is closely associated with the research projects at DTU Nanolab that comprise practical use of polymer microtechnology.

Recommended prerequisites

If you have completed a BSc. on an engineering or natural science education, you can participate in the course regardless of study background.

Teaching Method

Autonomous experimental group work with an introduction to equipment and theory.

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 6, Maximum: 15.

Please be aware that this course has a minimum requirement for the number of participants needed, in order for it to be held. If these requirements are not met, then the course will not be held. Furthermore, there is a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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3 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 10862
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 23
Semester end Week 26
Days Mon-fri 8:00-17:00

7.500,00 DKK

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