IMT 29-18 Bachelor Thesis or Internship: Characterization and optimization of a prototype of wireless SAW-Pirani vacuum sensor

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) - KIT - Helmholtz Association

Karlsruhe, Germany

Work group:

Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT)

Area of research:

Work placement

Job description:

Accurate pressure sensors are much needed in the Vacuum Industry (Food industry, semiconductor industry). A wireless compact sensor combining the Pirani principle and Surface Acoustic Waves has been designed and simulated.

This sensor prevents leakage due to wires and can be operated easily thanks to its portability.

A prototype using microfabrication technology is being finalized.

This work is part of the Marie Curie research project MIGRATE and aims to engage a motivated student in the experimental validation and optimization of the prototype. This work is part of the development of a new product that will be commercialized.

The work includes:

Pressure measurements with the sensor varying different parametersCalibration of the sensorOptimisation of the wireless power transfer of the sensor

Further information on the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT):

Interest in experimental work, Vacuum technology, wireless telecommunications, wireless power transfer or heat transfer

Field of study: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Physics

Contract Duration

6 months

Contact person

M.Sc. Sofia Toto, IMT,
+49 721 608-23248 (e-mail:

Prof. Dr. Jürgen J. Brandner, IMT,
+49 721 608-23963 (e-mail:

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Helmholtz-1819