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IH2655 Design and Characterisation of Nano- and Microdevices 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus IH2655 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • A survey of nanotechnology and applications in medicine, biotechnology and molecular electronics.
  • The fabrication paradigms: top down (starting from established microdevice fabrication) and bottom up (starting from molecules that are arrange to self-assemble).
  • The important steps in the process of modern microelectronic technology.
  • Characterization methods: electrical, optical, physical, chemical.
  • Overview of nanophysics and simulation methods.

Intended learning outcomes

The course content is an exhaustive treatment of nano- and microdevice fabrication and characterisation through theory and practical exercises. Applications in medicine, biotechnology and molecular electronics.

After the course, the student should be able to explain

  • the fabrication paradigms top down and bottom up
  • which process steps are needed for each method respectively
  • how the main process steps work
  • which physical principles are limiting for fabrication and scaling of a nano- or microdevice
  • should understand environmental effects of semiconductor production and be aware of relevant energy savings and efficiency technologies.

After the lab course, the student should have

  • fabricated a simple nanostructure
  • characterized this structure
  • measured electrical properties of a submicron semiconductor device in the research environment offered by the KTH nano and microelectronics lab in Kista, Electrum Laboratory.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

A basic course in semiconductor devices or physics.


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Stephen A. Campbell. Fabrication Engineering at the Micro- and Nanoscale (The Oxford Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering). 4th Edition.

ISBN-13: 978-0199861224
ISBN-10: 0199861226 

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Lab course (LAB1; 3 hp). The lab course is graded P/F, but has to be done in order to schedule the oral exam. A written lab report must be handed in within one week of the lab, otherwise the maximum grade in the course is E.

One oral examination (TEN1; 4,5 hp). Oral exam is normally two students at a time and takes one hour. The grading is done immediately.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IH2655

Offered by

EECS/Electronics and Embedded Systems

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Per-Erik Hellström