Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Xianfeng Chen
Overall aims and purpose
This module builds on the knowledge of microengineering and microfabrication gained in module ICE-4323 Microengineering and provides practical microfabrication experience. The module examines a broad range of advanced manufacturing process including techniques suitable for larger scale production, particularly of polymer devices. The module also examines specialist fabrication methods using laser systems and their flexibility in fabricating macroscopic and sub micron structures.
Indicative content includes:
- Manufacture a series of microelectrodes using UV photolithography. Experimental stages include substrate preparation, metal deposition, resist coating, UV exposure, developing and final inspection.
- Manufacture of microfluidic channels using PDMS. Mould production using dry film laminates. Substrate preparation. PDMS casting. Surface treatment. Fluidic tests and inspection.
- Assessment of laser micromachining parameters using direct write laser micromachining. Microfabrication of laser micromachined structures.
Equivalent to 50%. Uses key areas of theory or knowledge to meet the Learning Outcomes of the module. Is able to formulate an appropriate solution to accurately solve tasks and questions. Can identify individual aspects, but lacks an awareness of links between them and the wider contexts. Outputs can be understood, but lack structure and/or coherence.
Equivalent to the range 60%-69%. Is able to analyse a task or problem to decide which aspects of theory and knowledge to apply. Solutions are of a workable quality, demonstrating understanding of underlying principles. Major themes can be linked appropriately but may not be able to extend this to individual aspects. Outputs are readily understood, with an appropriate structure but may lack sophistication.
Equivalent to the range 70%+. Assemble critically evaluated, relevent areas of knowledge and theory to constuct professional-level solutions to tasks and questions presented. Is able to cross-link themes and aspects to draw considered conclusions. Presents outputs in a cohesive, accurate, and efficient manner.
Construct components using Photolithography processes and tools.
Operate relevant equipment, applying appropriate principles, to create a product using Soft Lithography.
Demonstrate a command of the principles of Laser Micromachining, by fashioning an appropriate product using a Femtosecond Laser.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Tutor-directed private study, including individual assessments.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
Subject specific skills
- Apply underpinning concepts and ideas of engineering;
- Apply knowledge and understanding of the specialist cognate area of electronic engineering in an international context;
- Assess and choose optimal methods and approaches for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of engineering solutions, especially ones that include embedded microprocessors
- Solve problems logically and systematically;
- Analyse and display data using appropriate methods and mathematical techniques;
- Demonstrate an awareness of the need to work safely and comply within relevant legislative and regulatory frameworks;
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/ice-4322.html
Fundamentals of Microfabrication and Nanotechnology, 3rd Edition, Marc J. Madou, :Publisher: CRC Press, 2011
The MEMS Handbook, 2nd Edition, Mohamed Gad-el-Hak, Publisher: CRC Press (2006), ISBN 9780429103872
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- H6AF: MSc Nanotechnology and Microfabrication year 1 (MSC/NANOTECH)