Electrical and Computer Engineering

Microsystems and Nanodevices

Engineers working at the nanoscale level take emerging breakthroughs in materials science, chemistry, and physics, and turn them into practical applications for new on-chip functionality or improved performance of devices and materials. Microsystems and nanodevices research at the University of Alberta cover a wide range of nanotechnology and its applications, such as nanomaterial engineering, nano- and micro-electromechanical systems (NEMS and MEMS), lab-on-chip devices, photonics, and photovoltaics. Our strengths in this field build from the excellent fabrication and characterization facilities at the U of A, including the Micromachining and Nanofabrication Facility and the on-campus National Institute for Nanotechnology.

Current research:

  • carbon nanotube transistors, molecular transistors
  • spintronics and quantum devices
  • photovoltaics
  • nanoengineered thin films and materials
  • advanced nanofabrication techniques such as nanoimprinting, self assembly
  • nanostructures and nanodevices for the detection and treatment of diseases
  • microarrays for DNA analysis and drug development
  • microfluidics and Lab-on-a-chip systems for diagnostics and bioanalysis
  • micro and nano-electro-mechanical devices for sensing and actuation
  • optical and radio-frequency micro-electro-mechanical systems