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Optimization of Interdigitated Electrode Configuration for High-Voltage Microfluidic Applications

Leuven | More than two weeks ago

Discover the future of microfluidics: Join us in perfecting interdigitated electrodes at imec, where student innovation thrives.

Interdigitated electrodes (IDEs) play a crucial role in microfluidic applications, particularly in manipulating fluid flow and enabling precise analyte detection. At imec, we are dedicated to exploring the microfluidic potential of IDEs, especially in high-voltage environments where optimal electrode configuration is critical.


Project Overview:

The internship will revolve around optimizing IDE configurations for high-voltage microfluidic applications. The selected candidate will delve into three main aspects:


1. Design Phase:

   - Explore optimal electrode materials, shapes, thicknesses, and spacing to enhance performance in high-voltage environments.

   - Utilize theoretical models and simulations to predict electric field distributions and performance metrics.


2. Fabrication Process:

   - Employ state-of-the-art cleanroom facilities at imec to fabricate designed IDEs.

   - Implement various metal patterning techniques and assess the impact of different passivation layer materials and deposition methods.


3. Electrical Characterization:

   - Conduct comprehensive electrical characterization of fabricated IDEs to evaluate their performance under high-voltage conditions.

   - Analyse measurement results to validate the effectiveness of the optimized electrode configurations.


Ideal Candidate Profile:

We are seeking candidates with an electrical engineering background and a solid understanding of microfabrication techniques. The ideal candidate should possess:


- Proficiency in electrical engineering principles and concepts related to electrode design and microfluidic systems.

- Familiarity with simulation tools for electric field analysis and device performance prediction.

- Strong analytical skills to interpret experimental data and derive actionable insights.

- Motivation to work in a collaborative research environment and contribute to cutting-edge advancements in microfluidic technology.

Type of project: Internship, Combination of internship and thesis

Duration: 6 months

Required degree: Master of Engineering Technology, Master of Engineering Science, Master of Bioengineering

Required background: Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Bioscience Engineering, Biomedical engineering

Supervising scientist(s): For further information or for application, please contact: Alexey Podkovskiy (Alexey.Podkovskiy@imec.be)

Imec allowance will be provided.

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