CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS
Instituto de Microelectrónica de Barcelona

Research

 

· Micro- and NanoTools for Life Science

 

This is our main research line which englobes the design, fabrication and characterization of Micro- and NanoSystems (MEMS and NEMS, as well as a wide variety of smart particles) with advanced sensing and actuation principles for life science applications. We have a special interest in technology development and in the design and optimization of devices by using the Finite Element Method.

Examples of our developed systems can be classified as:

 

Suspension of chips:

We are worldwide pioners in the develoment of silicon-based suspended chips. Silicon and polysilicon Suspended barcodes for cell and embryo labeling, multifuncional chemical platforms, chemical sensors, mechanical sensors, suspended planar arrays chips... These chips, smaller than cells, can be attached to the external membrane of the cells (Chip-on-a-Cell) or can be cell-internalized (Chip-in-a-Cell).

 

 

Extracellular tools: 

Micropippetes, mass and force sensors, cantilevers, membranes, magnetic actuators, ...

 

 

Relevant Projects:

 

MINAHE 1: Micro and Nano Tools for atomic force microscopy (2002-2005). This study was financed by the Spanish government through the TIC-2002-04280-C03-02

INTRACELL: Intracellular chips to study living cells (2005-2007). This study was financed by CSIC- 200550F0241 8.

MINAHE 2: Micro and Nano Tools for living cell studies (2006-2008) This study was financed by the Spanish government through the MEC-TEC2005-07996-CO2-01.

MINAHE 3: Desing and Fabrication of MicroNanotools for study, identification and actuation in living cells (2009-2011) This study was financed by the Spanish government through the MEC-TEC2008-06883-CO3-01.

ICCPRESS: It is possible to fabricate a mechanical microsensor, smaller than a living cell, which can monitor the intracellular pressure? (2010) This study was financed by the Spanish government through the ACC.PIF-EXPLORA, TEC2009-07687-E.

MINAHE 4: Design and Fabrication of micronanotools for life science (2012-2014) This study is financed by the Spanish government through the TEC2011-29140-C03-01.

CELLSKEL: Is it possible to fabricate an artificial exoskeleton for living cells which blocks cell migration or division? Towards mechanical cancer therapy (2014-2015). This study is financed by the Spanish government through the TEC2013-49238-EXP.

MINAHE5: Suspensions of MicroNanoTools for applications in living cells (2015-2017). This study is financed by the Spanish government through the TEC2014-51940-C2-1-R.

 

· Other activities

 

These activities are focused on technology development; as well as on the design, fabrication and characterization of Micro and Nano Sensos and Actuators: accelerometers, force and pressure sensors, piezoresistive resonators, opto-mechanical actuators based on nematic elastomers, ...

 

 

Relevant Projects:

 

NOMS: Nano Opto Mechanical Systems (2009-2012). FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2 , NMP4-SL-2009-2289 16.

MOEMSWORKS: Development and evaluation of a method to produce MEMS devices in a standard CMOS process. Eurípides project noEUR 07-402.

DELFOS: Development of FBAR technology (2004-2007). EPSON electronics-GmbH, CSIC –CNM, D+T Microelectrónica, Seiko Epson Corporation (EPSON-BRDL I+D contract).

 

 

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