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Courses @ EPFL


BS course: Electrical engineering science and technology / Material Engineering Bachelor Program

Textbook of the course

Description: lectrotechnique  By Marcel Jufer and Yves Perriard - PPUR


Course topics:

1.     Conventions: normalization, symbols and units, graphic representations of elements

2.     Electricity fundamental laws: charges and electric field, currents, electric potential and voltages, Ohm's, Joule's and Kirchhoff's laws

3.     Circuit elements: voltage and current sources, resistance and resistor, inductance and inductors, capacitance and capacitor

4.     Analysis of continuous circuits: equation implementation, transformation, Thˇvenin and Norton theorems, Node method, Mesh method



Slides & Exercises @ Moodle/EPFL (in French)


BS course: IC design I / Electrical Engineering Bachelor Program


Textbook of the course

Course topics:

1.     MOS transistors: structure, modes of operation, large and small signal models, thermal behavior, noise, fabrication process and layout

2.     Passive devices: capacitors, resistors, MOS transistor used as a pseudo-resistor, diodes, interconnections

3.     Parasitic devices and parasitic effects: parasitic capacitors and resistors, leakage currents

4.     Basic analog structures design: a. Differential pair
b. Current mirror
c. Cascode stage d. Analog switch
e. Operational Transconductance Amplifier (OTA)


Slides & Exercises @ Moodle/EPFL (in French)


MS courses: Bio-nano-chip design / Electrical Engineering Master Program


Textbook of the course


Course topics:

1.     Currents and capacitive-effects in water solutions

2.     Introduction to biological molecules

3.     Thermodynamics of molecular Interactions

4.     Nanotechnology for molecular assembly on chipÕ surfaces 

5.     Nanotechnology to prevent electron transfer

6.     Nanotechnology to enhance electron transfer

7.     Chip design for electrochemical sensing: basic configurations

8.     Chip design for biosensing with label-free capacitance mode (CBCM & FTCM Methods)

9.     Chip design for biosensing in constant-bias (Current-to-Voltage & FTCC Methods)

10.  Chip design for biosensing in voltage-scan (VDCM & DDSM Methods)


Slides & Exercises @ Moodle/EPFL (in English)


MS courses: Analog circuits for biochip / Electrical Engineering Master Program


Textbooks of the course



Course topics:

1.     Principles of biosensing: Target/Probe Interactions

2.     Electrochemical biosensing: three-electrode electrochemical cell and its equivalent circuits

3.     Basic CMOS configurations for electrochemical biosensing

4.     Voltage-ramp generators on chip 

5.     Current readers: current-to-voltage and current-to-frequency conversion

6.     Wireless transmission in lossy media: issues on temperature, specific absorption rate (SAR) and efficiency

7.     Regulation aspects of wireless transmission close or in living matter: maximum value of the SAR and the temperature with respect to the frequency of operation and the body tissue.

8.     Power suppliers: non-rechargeable battery, rechargeable battery, super-capacitor, and storing capacitor

9.     Different types of remote powering coupling between control units and remote biosensors

10.  Passive (load modulation and backscattering) and active transmitters for RF communication

11.  System Configuration for remote powering operation and data communication


Slides & Exercises @ Moodle/EPFL (in English)


PhD course: Nano-Bio-Sensing and Bio/CMOS interfaces / EDMI Doctoral School (& EDEE Doctoral School as well)


Textbook of the course


Course topics:

1. Bio for Probes/Targets building blocks

2. Bio for Probes/Targets interactions-1

3. Bio for Probes/Targets interactions-2

4. Bio for Detection principles-1

5. Bio for Detection principles-2

6. Nano for Probes immobilization

7. Nano for Probes layer checking-1

8. Nano for Probes layer checking-2

9. Nano to prevent the Electron Transfer

10. Nano to enhance the Electron Transfer

11. CMOS for metabolite (fixed voltage)

12. CMOS for metabolite (scanning voltage)

13. CMOS for multi-metabolites monitoring

14. CMOS for multi-metabolites monitoring

15. CMOS for remote data/power transmission


Slides & Exercises @ Moodle/EPFL (in English)


PhD course: Nanocomputing: Devices, Circuits and Architectures / EDEE Doctoral School


Course topics:

1. State of the art: nanocomputing in ULTRA scaled CMOS:

2. Field coupled nanocomputing (FCN):

3. Nanoarray nanocomputing based on nanowires:

4. Logic in memory:

5. Alternative nanocomputing devices and architectures




Text Box:  PhD Courses @ Politecnico di Torino

Dottorato di Ricerca in Ingegneria Elettronica e Delle Comunicazioni – Torino


PhD course: Bio/CMOS interfaces and co-design

Course slides available @ NanoEL Erasmus European project

Introduction of the course on youtube: click here


PhD course: Bio-Nano Electronics and BioMolecular Computing