BME 145 MEMS and Nanotechnology for Biomedicine and Biotechnology (2012-2013)

BME 145 MEMS and Nanotechnology for Biomedicine and Biotechnology

(Not required for any major. Elective for BME.)
Catalog Data:

BME 145 MEMS and Nanotechnology for Biomedicine and Biotechnology (Credit Units: 4) Basic concepts of MEMS and nanotechnology, its application to biotechnology/ biomedicine. Introduction to scaling laws as applied towards living systems and artificial devices; micro- and nanofabrication; sensor and actuator principles; drug delivery, implantable systems, minimally invasive surgery, total analysis systems. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
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Class notes

Abraham Lee
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

Freshman level chemistry and physics

Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to micro/nanofabrication.
  • Introduction to scaling laws and principles.
  • Introduction to transduction (sensors and actuators) principles.
  • Introduction to MEMS and nanotechnology devices (sensors, actuators, biomaterials).
  • System and integration aspects of MEMS/nanotechnology.
  • Cells and biomolecules as biotransducers.
  • Microfluidics.
  • Biosensors.
  • In vivo MEMS and nanotechnology (surgical tools, drug delivery, implantable systems).
  • In vitro MEMS and nanotechnology (point of care diagnostics).
  • MEMS and nanotechnology for understanding biology
  • Challenges and limitations of MEMS and nanotechnology in biomedicine.
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Students will use word processors and spreadsheets to do homework assignments.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Biomedical Engineering Topics and Major Design experience.

Design Content Description

Specific discussions on system and device designs. (50%) Students will use learned skills to design systems and devices for biotechnology. (50%)

Lectures: 50%
Laboratory Portion: 50%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework assignments: 30%
  • Midterm exam: 30%
  • Final exam: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

November 29, 2012
Senate Approved:
February 14, 2006
Approved Effective:
2006 Fall Qtr