Design and Analysis of Molecular Communications Systems


Principal investigator

Temporary Supervisor

Dr Nan Yang


Biological nanomachines are nanoscale to microscale devices that either exist in the biological world or are artificially created from biological materials and that perform simple functions such as sensing, logic, and actuation. Molecular communication is a new paradigm for communication between nanomachines over a short (nanoscale or microscale) range, in which information is encoded to and decoded from molecules, rather than electrons or electromagnetic waves. Since nanomachines are too small and simple to communicate using electrons or electromagnetic waves, molecular communication provides a novel mechanism for nanomachines to communicate by propagating molecules carrying information. The aim of this project is to address key problems in molecular communications systems, laying down solid theoretical fundamentals of this novel nanoscale communication paradigm. Also, this project provides students an opportunity to design a table-top demo for molecular communications systems.


1. Exploit the channel limits based on information theory and propose accurate mathematical models to establish the theoretical fundamentals of molecular communication channels.

2. Design robust transmission schemes based on the properties of molecules and propagation environment.

3. Develop a table-top demo for molecular communications systems.


A high self-motivation, a solid background in communication and electronic engineering, a strong grounding in mathematical skills, and a good level of programming in Matlab and/or micro-processer.

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