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Setup and maintenance of a Molecular Communication Networks testbed for 6G and beyond

Internet of Bio-Nano-Things, Molecular Communication Networks, 6G, Testbed


Molecular communication (MC) is an alternative to classical electromagnetic wave-based communication, where molecules are used for information exchange. MC is expected to enable in-body networks for future medical applications in the Internet of Bio-Nano Things, a vision for 6G and beyond.

We seek a working student to help us set up and maintain a molecular communication networks testbed at the chair. The testbed will be based on ink molecules transmitted through a water-filled tube system with a background flow. We plan on using spectral absorption measurements to detect the information molecules.

What you will do:

  • Set up the tubes, pumps, sensors, and other components
  • Program microcontrollers to control microfluidic pumps and spectral sensors
  • Debugging and fault detection in both software and hardware
  • Implement data collection methods


What you need:

  • Interest in future and unconventional communication methods
  • Willingness to learn new things and a hands-on mentality
  • Experience in (low-level) programming (e.g., C/C++), preferably with microcontrollers/Arduinos for controlling sensors

Nice to have:

  • Already worked with spectral sensors
  • Experience with CAD, 3D printing, and soldering





Sebastian Schmidt, Alexander Wietfeld

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