Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices, 50 op

Opintokokonaisuuden tyyppi

Advanced Studies


Sampo Tuukkanen, Veikko Sariola


- The aim of the major in Biomedical Micro- and Nanodevices is to provide students with a competitive advantage in their careers by introducing them into this rapidly growing field. The goal is that students will be able to recognize the new opportunities provided by microsystems technologies in cell technologies and tissue engineering, as well as understand the current limits such that they can bring added value with this new technology in their future careers for example in product development.

After completing the study module,
- Students are able to design, model, simulate, test and apply microsensors, microactuators, microfluidic and soft-robotic structures and understands their physical principles and the specifications of corresponding commercial products.
- Students understand the basic principles of microfabrication, understand the potential and limitations of the different methods and can design simple fabrication processes.
- Students have knowledge of the characterization methods of microscale components, ability to use basic device and concept of scaling effects in microtechnology.
- Students have the ability to design, model, simulate, test and apply implantable and body-centric antennas and RFID-based wireless power transfer systems.
- Students have the ability to combine microfabrication techniques with biomedical engineering for biomedical applications such as cell technologies and physiological measurements.


No mandatory background studies, but those will be evaluated case by case. In general, students must have sufficient skill from mathematics and physics, and have basic understanding of engineering. ( Advisable )


Pakolliset opintojaksot

If the student does a Master's thesis to this module, she/he needs also to include BMT-01907 Master's Seminar to this module, if it is not included in the Common Core Studies.

Opintojakso Opintopisteet Additional information Vuosikurssi
BMT-2316 Introduction to Microsystem Technology 5 op IV  
BMT-3016 Microactuators and Active Actuator Materials 5 op V  
BMT-3036 Microsensors 5 op IV  
BMT-3076 Microfluidics 5 op IV  
BMT-47606 Radio Frequency Identification Technology 5 op IV  
BMT-62306 Research Project in Biomedical Engineering 5 op V  
Yhteensä 30 op    

1. Integration of students to research groups: Compulsory Research project course & Seminar course.
2. Industrial need and employability: Seminar course will give knowledge of Finnish industry through visiting lecturers and contacts can be created, which increases the employment possibilities.

Täydentävät opintojaksot

BTK4663 In vitro models 4 ECTS from University of Tampere can be included here.

Should be completed to the minimum study module extent of 50 ETCS

Opintojakso Opintopisteet
BMT-3056 Design of Microsensors 5 op
BMT-47646 Special Topics in RFID Applications 2-8 op
BMT-51016 Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology 5 op
BMT-52606 Processing of Biosignals 5 op
BMT-61217 Biomedical Engineering Principles 5 op
BMT-61227 Medical Biomaterials 5 op
BMT-61606 Biomedical Instrumentation 5 op
BMT-63106 Measurements of Physiological Systems 5 op
BMT-63207 Bioelectronics 5 op
BMT-70116 Tissue Engineering Basics 5 op
BMT-72106 Cellular Biophysics 5 op
BMT-74206 Tissue Engineering Applications 5 op
BMT-7816 Biosensors 5 op
BMT-7836 Optical Methods in Bioanalytics 4 op
KEB-64117 Bioorganic Chemistry 5 op


Overcoming the challenges of well-being and healthcare of the future's growing and eldering society relies on modern and innovative medicine and stem cell technologies. Due to this, also more and more highly skilled personnel are needed on the medical sector. For example, organ-on-chip type in vitro devices provide a novel approach for developing new drugs, understanding disease mechanisms and studying toxicological effects of chemical compounds. However, the cultivation of primary cells and differentiation of stem cells in these devices demand careful modification, control and monitoring of the cell and organ microenvironment. These strict requirements can only be fulfilled with advanced technologies such as microfluidics, micro- and biosensors, microscopy, actuators and advanced biomaterials. New technologies for physiological measurements such as glucose or oxygen monitoring, as well as various wireless signal and power transfer systems integrated with the sensing and pumping devices, are rapidly developing.

Miniaturization has been one of the important technological megatrends in the last decades. As a result, not only microprocessors but also sensors and actuators have become a part of our everyday life. Well-known examples include silicon microaccelerometers that are used for triggering the air bags in your car, to detect the movement of your smart phone or print tiny droplets of ink. During recent years, these microsystems or microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) have also reached the field of biomedical applications, such as organ-on-chip and lab-on-chip technologies, soft robotics and physiological measurements. Moreover, these systems are becoming wireless, and therefore understanding the principles of body-centric wireless communication and power transfer in implantable systems is important.

This major provides a strong background for working on these novel fields of technology and particularly utilizing them in biomedical applications. The major will cover micro- and nanoscale devices and systems such as microsensors, microactuators, microrobotics, microfluidics, micro-optics as well as wireless signal and power transfer technologies. You will not only study the theory and operation principles of biomedical microsystems from course books, but you will also get involved with practical hands-on exercises and laboratory works, including training in the state-of-the-art clean room and biomicrosystems laboratory facilities at TUT. As a part of the major, you are able to include cell biology and tissue engineering studies. The study module also aims to keep you up to date with latest developments in the academia, train you in technical and scientific reporting and giving technical presentations in English.

Contact person: Sampo Tuukkanen

Päivittäjä: Väisänen Outi, 22.02.2019