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Eurosensors School

In order to be able to properly prepare the material for the Eurosensors School, the registration for the school will close on August 14, 2009. Please do not wait until last minute to register!

To register for the Eurosensors09 School, please use the standard registration form.


It is our great pleasure to welcome all participants to the ninth Eurosensors School on Fundamental Science and Technology. The basic idea of this initiative promoted during EUROSENSORS XII Conference in Southampton and successfully implemented at successive EUROSENSORS conferences has its roots on the necessity of keeping alive theoretical, technological and experimental aspects of materials, sensors, sensor systems, transducers, actuators and microsystems, independently on the dimensions of the structures.

The increasing interest in this field and the fast technological development and findings could cause to forget important aspects of the sensor science domain and overlook important theoretical achievements. As a consequence a sound balance between technology and sensor theory should always be sought in order to optimize a healthy growth of the knowledge in the sensor science domain. Stimulus coming from the nanotechnology development should also strongly push the sensor community towards new opportunities in terms of new principles and new sensors together with their interfaces to be applied in the meso- and nano-dimensionality field.

The tradition of the Eurosensors school is to address the fundamentals of sensor science technologies and discuss some recent development/potential applications. The lectures are given at the graduate level and span from the scientific basic principles to the implementation in actual devices.

This year edition comprises 4 lectures of 1h30 to be given on Sunday the 6th of September at Beaulieu in Lausanne. The school is open to all conference participants. A modest registration fee of 120 CHF (approx. ~80 €), including lecture notes is requested.

Schedule and Content

9h15 Welcome and presentation of the Eurosensors school ,
Prof. Arnaldo d’Amico (U. Roma Tor Vergata) and
Prof. Lina Sarro (TU Delft).




Micro-Optics, Prof. Hans-Peter Herzig, EPFL, Switzerland

Micro-optical elements are ideal components for building compact optoelectronic systems. Typical elements are refractive and diffractive microlenses, Dammann gratings, optimized phase elements, and polarizers. Modern microfabrication technology enables the manufacturing of almost any structure shape including asymmetric aspherics, which provides all degrees of freedom for design. The lecture will introduce the base concepts to realize elements and systems. In addition, the potential and limitations of micro-optics will be discussed for selected applications.

Key words : Micro-optical elements, System concepts, Mems based spectrometer, Plasmonic sensor


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Dr. Hans Peter Herzig is Professor at the EPFL and President of the European Optical Society (EOS). His current research interests include refractive and diffractive micro-optics, nano-scale optics and optical MEMS.
Hans Peter Herzig received his diploma in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland, in 1978. From 1978 to 1982 he was a scientist with the Optics Development Department of Kern in Aarau, Switzerland, working in lens design and optical testing. In 1983, he became a graduate research assistant with the Applied Optics Group at the Institute of Microtechnology of the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, working in the field of holographic optical elements. In 1987, he received his PhD degree in optics. From 1989 to 2001 he was head of the micro-optics research group in Neuchâtel. From 2002 to 2008 he was a full professor and head of the Applied Optics Laboratory at the University of Neuchâtel. Professor Herzig joined the faculty at EPFL in January 2009.



RF MEMS and NEMS, Prof. Adrian Ionescu, EPFL, Switzerland

The tutorial will include the following topics:

  • MEMS resonators for RF circuits: filtering, mixing and frequency reference. Design, technology, scalability and performance. Resonator arrays.
  • Resonant-gate MOS transistor: (i) ultra-abrupt hybrid-MEMS switch, (ii) hybrid MEMS resonator with intrinsic gain, (iii) memory cell, (iv) integrated mass sensor.
  • RF MEMS circuit applications: oscillators and filters.
  • RF NEMS: silicon nanowires versus Carbon Nanotubes for advanced NEMS-based signal processing

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Mihai Adrian Ionescu is an Associate Professor at EPFL, director of the Laboratory of Micro/Nanoelectronic Devices (NANOLAB) and head of the Doctoral School in Microsystems and Microelectronics of EPFL. He is appointed as national representative of Switzerland for the European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) and member of the Scientific Committee of CATRENE. Dr. Ionescu is the European Chapter Chair of the ITRS Emerging Research Devices Working Group.

He received the B.S./M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, Romania and the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France, in 1989 and 1997, respectively. He has held staff and/or visiting positions at LETI-CEA, Grenoble, France, LPCS-ENSERG, Grenoble, France and Stanford University, USA, in 1998 and 1999. He received three Best Paper Awards in international conferences and the Annual Award of the Technical Section of the Romanian Academy of Sciences in 1994. He served in the ISQED and IEDM conference technical committees in 2003 and 2004 and as Technical Program Committee Chair of ESSDERC in 2006.



Scaling in MEMS and NEMS, Prof. Philippe Renaud, EPFL, Switzerland

The objective of this lecture is to give an overview of the dominant physical effects and scaling of laws that applies when downsizing sensors and actuators in microsystems in the micrometric and nanometric size range. We will also adress the limits and breakdown of scaling laws and discuss the transition to new physical regimes. We will cover various physical domains: mechanical devices, thermal effects, electrostatics, electromagnetics and fluidics.


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Philippe Renaud’s research interests are: microfabrication technologies for MEMS and microfluidics, BioMEMS applications. He received his diploma in physics from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland (1983) and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Lausanne in 1988. As a postdoctoral researcher, he went to the University of California at Berkeley, USA from 1988 to 1989 and then at the IBM Zürich Research Laboratory in Switzerland, to develop scanning tunneling microscopes for low-temperature and developed the local STM induced luminescence of III-V semiconductors heterostructures. He also performed measurement of the magnetically induced polarization of the emitted light.

In 1992, he joined the Sensors and Actuators group of the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) at Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He was involved in the design and the technology of mechanical microsensors and of micro-mirrors for optical switching. In 1993, he was hired as assistant professor at EPFL. In 1997, he was appointed as full professor at EPFL. Since 1998, he is director of the EPFL Center of MicroNanoTechnology (CMI), a large clean room facility with processing equipment for training and scientific experimentation in microelectronic and microfabrication processes.



Micro and Nanofluidics, Prof. Sebastian Maerkl, EPFL, Switzerland

Microfluidics has the potential to significantly impact biology by allowing researchers to perform thousands of precision measurements in parallel and oftentimes entirely new kinds of measurements are possible on fluidic platforms, opening new avenues in biology. In this lecture I will describe the current state of the field and give several examples of how microfluidics has been applied to biology.

Keywords: microfluidics, systems biology, precision measurements, high- throughput


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Sebastian Maerkl is an assistant professor at the Institute of Bioengineering of EPFL. His laboratory is interested in applying state-of-the-art microfluidic technology to relevant problems in systems biology.

After studying biology and chemistry in Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison, NJ, USA) in 2001, he obtained his PhD in biochemistry and Molecular biophysics at the California Institute of Technology in 2007 by the supervision of Stephen Quake. Between 2005 and 2008 he was a research associate at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Stanford University. He holds the 1st place in the Innovator’s challenge of 2005 of the California Institute of Technology, UC Berkeley and Stanford University, as well as the Demetriades-Tsafka-Kokkalis Prize in Biotechnology or related fields, the best Caltech PhD thesis submitted in a give category.

To register for the Eurosensors09 School, please use the standard registration form.