nanoHUB-U: Principles of Electronic Nanobiosensors
A five week course distilling the principles and physics of electronic nanobiosensors.
About the Instructor
MUHAMMAD ASHRAFUL ALAM is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering where his research and teaching focus on physics, simulation, characterization and technology of classical and emerging electronic devices. From 1995 to 2003, he was with Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, where he made important contributions to reliability physics of electronic devices, MOCVD crystal growth, and performance limits of semiconductor lasers. At Purdue, Alam’s research has broadened to include flexible electronics, solar cells, and nanobiosensors. He is a fellow of the AAAS, IEEE, and APS and received the 2006 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award for contributions to device technology.
Principles of Electronic Nanobiosensors – November 7, 2013 – December 18, 2013
A $30 instructor-paced course brought to you by nanoHUB-U.
This five-week short course aims to introduce students to electronic nanobiosensors using a unique, “bottom up” approach.
PROFESSOR MUHAMMAD ASHRAFUL ALAM
Muhammad (Ashraf) Alam is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. His research focuses on theory, simulation, characterization, and compact modeling of electronic, optoelectronic, and bioelectronic devices. He is well known for his contributions to reliability of electronic devices and for elegant, cross-disciplinary solutions to fundamentally important problems of flexible electronics, nanobiosensing, MEMS, and solar cells.
This course will provide an in-depth analysis of the origin of the extra-ordinary sensitivity, fundamental limits, and operating principles of modern nanobiosensors. The primary focus will be the physics of biomolecule detection in terms of three elementary concepts: response time, sensitivity, and selectivity. And, we will use potentiometric, amperometric, and cantilever-based mass sensors to illustrate the application of these concepts to specific sensor technologies. Students of this course will not learn how to fabricate a sensor, but will be able to decide what sensor to make, appreciate their design principles, interpret measured results, and spot emerging research trends.
Who Should Take the Course
Engineers, chemists, physicists, technology developers, and product managers who have an interest in the emerging field of nanobiosensing.
Freshman/sophomore level preparation in physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics.
Principles of Nanoelectronic Biosensors
Unit 1: What is a Nanobiosensor, anyway? – November 7, 2013 – November 13, 2013
Unit 2: Setting Time: How to define/break diffusion limits of nanobiosensing – November 14, 2013 – November 20, 2013
Unit 3: Sensitivity: Form and function of ISFET, Glucose, and Cantilever sensors – November 21, 2013 – December 4, 2013 (Two Weeks)
Unit 4: Selectivity: A Theory of ‘Finding a needle in a haystack’ – December 5, 2013 – December 11, 2013
Unit 5: Putting them together: Genome sequenced in less than a day – December 12 – December 18, 2013
- A nanoHUB.org account is required to perform the simulation exercises. Sign up for free now!
- Prerecorded video lectures distilling the essential concepts of nanobiosensors into a concise, five-week module.
- Homework exercises with solutions and homework tutorials.
- Online quizzes to quickly assess understanding of material after each video lecture.
- An online forum, hosted by nanoHUB and monitored by the professors. Students enrolled in the course will be able to interact with one another.
- Exams for each weekly module. Once a student starts a test, the student will have two hours to complete it. The tests are scored instantly.
A registration fee of $30 will give students access to all course resources described above during the instructor-led period. After the instructor-led version of the course, a self-paced offering will be available for free.
Students have the chance to experience a Purdue University-level course and earn a digitally signed proof of completion from nanoHUB-U. To qualify, a student must attain an average score of 70% or higher. Self-paced offerings of this course will not provide certificates.
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