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