Instituto de Microelectrónica de Barcelona

Micro- and NanoTools Group
Dr. José A. Plaza PDF Print E-mail


Welcome to our research group!

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Micro- and NanoTools group was created in 2001 within the frame of Micro- and NanoSystems Department at the National Microelectronic Institute of Barcelona IMB-CNM (CSIC), Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain. With strong background in MEMS/NEMS, our main goals are the development of Micro- and NanoTools based on silicon and polymer technologies, to provide unprecedented knowledge related to fundamental problems in science. We are a small but highly multidisciplinary group composed of physicists, engineers and chemists to allow the design, FEM simulations, fabrication and characterization of Micro- and Nanosystems.

In 2005 we started, as a main activity, a new research line focused on the development of silicon-based chips smaller than living cells for Life science applications. So, we managed to prove the concepts of Chip-on-Cell and Chip-in-Cell. We demonstrated in 2013 the first intracellular chip, a mechanical sensor, which can detect pressure changes inside living cells and transmits the information without any physical contact.





      2 PhD Positions


- 1 in Design and fabrication of Micro- and Nanochips for Cell Biologyanuncio beca nuevo

- 1 in Surface chemical functionalization of Micro- and Nanochips for Cell Biology


Call Deadline: 29-06-2015

For more information see our Work & Study section




• Jennifer Newton, "Chip-on-cell" , Picture story on the Chemistry World Website, 3rd February 2015.



  "Silicon-nanowire based attachment of silicon chips for mouse embryo labelling", Youtube 2015.



R. Gómez-Martínez et al., "Silicon chips detect intracellular pressure changes in living cells"; Nature Nanotechnology, 8, 517–521, 2013.

• A. Doerr, Nanobiotechnology: "Cells under pressure", Research Highlights, Nature Methods 10, 818, 2013.

"The Inside of the scoop", Biomedical picture of the day, 24 August 2013.

• "Cell division of a HeLa cell with a sensor chip inside", Youtube 2013.



2013 Nanowerk's TOP TEN Spotlight:

Silicon chips inserted into living cells can feel the pressure




2010 Nanowerk's TOP TEN Spotlight:

Future bio-nanotechnology will use computer chips inside living cells





• Petra S. Dittrich, "Microchips-in-a-cell" , research Highlights Lab on a Chip, 10, 541-543, 2010.

• Dexter Johnson, "Nanoscale Processing Leads Scientists To Integrate Silicon Chips into Living Cells", IEEE Spectrum site, 22 March, 2010.              



 Repsol Foundation selects our spin-off  "Smalle Technologies" as one of eight projects in the second edition of its Entrepreneurs Fund





Sede: Campus UAB. Cerdanyola del Vallès. Barcelona. E-08193 (España)
Tel:(+34) 93 594 7700 Fax:(+34) 93 580 1496