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Micro- and Nanotechnology

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Micro- and Nanotechnology
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Mechatronics, Master, ASPO 01.04.2020
Module code: MTM.MNA
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
2SU (2 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: according to optional course list
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:
Oral examination

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

MTM.MNA Mechatronics, Master, ASPO 01.04.2020 , optional course, technical
MST.MNA Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Master, ASPO 01.04.2016 , optional course, technical
MST.MNA Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Master, ASPO 01.10.2011 , optional course, technical
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
30 class hours (= 22.5 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 90 hours (equivalent to 3 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 67.5 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. John Heppe
Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. John Heppe

[updated 30.01.2019]
Learning outcomes:
In this course, students will gain insight into micro- and nanotechnologies. Sensors manufactured with such technologies will be presented and discussed. Students will become familiar with the mode of operation of those sensors. In doing so, students will use their knowledge from the fields of technical mechanics and electronics.
As a result, students will be able to use such products and understand their mode of operation. A visit to a relevant manufacturing company will round off the course.

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Module content:
1.        Introduction and first application example
        - What makes "micro" different?
2.         Micromechanical silicon pressure sensors
        - Operating principle and designs
3.         Complex microsystems: Acceleration and rotation rate sensors
        - Operating principle and designs
        - Measurement technology
4.         Technologies for the production of microstructures
        - Silicon wafer, thermal oxidation
        - Coating technologies, PVD and CVD
        - Structuring and etching processes
        - Vacuum technology
5.        Nanotechnology based on an example         
        - Nanoscale metal matrix layers (granular metals) in sensor technology, examples from our own research
        - Laser micromachining with ultra-short laser pulses

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Teaching methods/Media:
Seminaristic style
Lecture with use of blackboard

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Recommended or required reading:
-        F. Völklein, T. Zetterer; Praxiswissen Mikrosystemtechnik, Vieweg Verlag
-        T.M. Adams, R.A. Layton, Introductory MEMS, Springer Verlag
-        Bosch, Sensoren im Kraftfahrzeug, Springer Verlag
-        M. Glück, MEMS in der Mikrosystemtechnik, Teubner Verlag
-        U. Hilleringmann, Mikrosystemtechnik, Teubner Verlag
-        U. Hilleringmann, Silizium Halbleitertechnologie, Teubner Verlag
-        U. Mescheder, Mikrosytemtechnik, Teubner Verlag
-        M. Madou, Fundamentals of Microfabrication, CRC Press

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