Transport at Nanoscale Interfaces


Development of THz microfluidic devices using 3D printing for the characterization of proteins

THz radiation is noninvasive and nonionizing; thus, it can characterize multiple samples, including bio-logical samples such as proteins. In the suggested master thesis, we seek a candidate to continue the current work on developing 3D printed THz microfluidic devices for measuring proteins in the THz re-gime (figure 1).
We are looking for motivated students with a background in physics, material science, biology, or chemistry for a master thesis in Transport at Nanoscale Interfaces Laboratory at Empa.
During the project, the master student will work on:
  • Design microfluidic devices using CAD
  • Comsol simulations
  • Raman Spectroscopy for the characterization of graphene
  • THz time-domain spectroscopy for measuring samples
  • Matlab/python for analyzing data

Interested candidates can send an email with their CV with a short motivation letter to Dr. Elena Mavrona (; also, they can conduct her if they need further information.

Figure 1. Schematic representation of a THz 3D printed microfluidic device.


Relevant references for the project:

  • Mavrona et al., Optimized 3D printing of THz waveguides with cyclic olefin copolymer, Optical Materi-als Express Vol. 11, Issue 8, pp. 2495-2504 (2021)
  • Bruijns et al., Cyclic Olefin Copolymer Microfluidic Devices for Forensic Applications, Biosensors, 9(3), 85 (2019)