UCL Division of Biosciences


Electronic Workshop

Combined electronics and light mechanical

The Electronics Workshop provides design, prototype, manufacture, modification and repair services for electronic and mechanical equipment.

Electronics Workshop Staff Members

Academic Line Managers:

Phone: 020 7679 32254 / 2255
Internal: 332254 / 3255


The Biosciences Electronics Workshop is located in the basement of the Darwin Building, in room B16.

B16 Darwin Building
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

List of Equipment

Electrical and electronic test equipment including two state of the art Rohde & Schwarz digital oscilloscopes.
Equipment required for design and manufacture of a small volume of single and double sided PCBs.
Small mechanical area enabling fabrication of enclosures for electronic projects and prototypes as well as work on electro-mechanical devices.

Techniques and Capabilities

The Electronics Workshop is able to design equipment for specific applications to individual customer exact specification. Projects can be carried out from initial concept to final production. Modifications can be made to existing equipment and repairs can be made to faulty equipment. 

Costs / Charges

Charges are priced per hour, with additional charges for materials. Please contact the workshop for further details.

Examples of Our Work

Stimulation Pulse Generator

These pulse generators were designed for producing stimulation pulses for use in cardiovascular research. They are microcontroller based making them extremely accurate while eliminating the requirement for calibration. They are also battery powered reducing the amount of cabling required during use.

Hexagonal maze control system

Hexagonal maze was designed to study spatial navigation in rats and mice. Each of 61 platforms - equipped with a device indicating animal presence - is driven up and down, controlled by external computer via a shift register block. Control system (comprising of 13 boxes) was designed and made by Piotr Sienkiewicz.

Piezo Driver for Microscope Focus Control

This digital to analog converter is part of an imaging system and controls the Z height of an objective in a microscope. The DAC is interfaced via an Arduino to simplify external control and setup for the user. The design of the analog side of the circuit and the PCB layout together ensure extremely low noise and distortion. The system is capable of extremely precise control of the piezo, is capable of signal shaping and allows for the inertia of the piezo to ensure extremely fine control.

Stretcher Control System

System is used to study a tissue under mechanical stress. Control system driving a stretcher can be operated manually or automatically. Human operator can set: distance of stretch (or compression), speed, time in seconds between the stretch and compression cycle, number of repetitions. Settings can be changed or stored in the internal memory.