Advanced Chemical Sensors

Module aims

In this module you will learn about different methods for sensing and monitoring of (bio)analytes and (bio)metabolites, both in vitro and in vivo. You will learn about basic chemical sensing principles incolved in these technologies, their biomedical applications and commercial considerations. This will include advanced optical and electrochemical biosensors for the detection of nucleic acid and protein biomarkers with broad applications in the fields of cancer diagnostics, prenatal testing, antimicrobial resistance, blood glucose monitoring and brain trauma monitoring. A special focus will be drawn on sensors that can be used at the point-of-care. 

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Describe different chemical sensor concepts and their specific design features,
  • Describe the advantages and limitations of the sensor concepts based on your knowledge of sensor principles, the materials used and sensor technologies
  • Decide which sensor concept is suitable for which application.
  • Assess whether a chemical sensor is fit for purpose.
  • Assess the limitations of each chemical sensor.
  • Assess whether conclusions are justified by measured data.
  • Propose the optimal sensor for a specific application
  • Critique scientific papers

Module syllabus

Chemical sensor concepts

Sensor principles

Current sensor tehnologies

Practical use of chemical sensors 


Teaching methods

Lectures: 18 hours

Study groups: 8 hours



●  Written exam: Main exam; 80% weighting

    No type of previous exam answers or solutions will be available


●  Presentation: Presentation; 20% weighting; Presentation in Journal club