ECE4808 - Organic electronics and micro devices - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Tom Drummond


Dr Narayanan Ramakrishnan

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


ECE2131 or ECE2061






The unit introduces basic theory behind the organic electronics and micro technologies related to micro sensors, micro actuators and organic devices such as Organic LEDs (OLEDs). The topics include study of materials used in organic electronics and MEMS, study of their electrical and mechanical properties, basic structures in micro devices such as cantilever beams and comb structures, the fabrication techniques involved in manufacturing micro and nano structures, and measurement techniques suitable for characterising micro devices. Examples will include principles of physical sensors; piezoelectric effect based microsensors; chemical microsensors; OLED devices; MEMS and microsystems computer based simulations. An elementary part of the unit will be the laboratory exercises and project work to produce micro devices and construct suitable electronic circuits/simulate to demonstrate their applications.


At the completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Interpret and summarise the principles, instrumentation, theory, mathematical models, simulation techniques, fabrication and manufacturing techniques related to Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and Organic electronics based devices
  2. Design and develop simple MEMS devices, organic electronic devices (such as Organic Light Emitting Diode) and theoretical models involving multi physics
  3. Select suitable electronic components and develop simple MEMS or Organic electronic device based systems, evaluate structural and material properties of Micro/Nano devices through simulation studies
  4. Summarise fundamentals of nanotechnology and propose research opportunities in designing Micro technologies


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Continuous assessment: 50%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 1 hour practicals, 2 hours laboratory and 6 hours of private study per week

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