CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS
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 Suspended Chips, (silicon-based chips smaller than living cells, for Life science applications. So, we managed to prove the concepts of Chip-on-a-Cell and Chip-in-a-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. In 2015, we demonstrated the a suspended planar array chip for molecular multiplexing inside a living cell.

 

 

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Torras, N., Agusil, J. P., Vázquez, P., Duch, M., Hernández-Pinto, A. M., Samitier, J., de la Rosa, E. J., Esteve, J., Suárez, T., Pérez-García, L. and Plaza, J. A. (2015), Suspended Planar-Array Chips for Molecular Multiplexing at the Microscale. Adv. Mater., 2015. doi:10.1002/adma.201504164

"Multiplexed planar array analysis from within a living cell", by Michael Berger, Nanowerk, 2015.

 
                                                 
 

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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.

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2013 Nanowerk's TOP TEN Spotlight:

Silicon chips inserted into living cells can feel the pressure

Link: http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=31406.php

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2010 Nanowerk's TOP TEN Spotlight:

Future bio-nanotechnology will use computer chips inside living cells

Link: http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=15292.php

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• 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

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• 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.

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