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MEMS for Bio Applications
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MEMS for Bio Applications

MEMS for Bio Applications

Ian Papautsky, Ph.D.

BioMicroSystems Lab

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Cincinnati

As we enter the 21st century, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are considered an enabling technology having revolutionary impact on many areas of science and engineering.  The application of MEMS technologies in research has already lead to development of many types of microsensors or increased the performance of conventional sensors (e.g., pressure sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes).  These technologies are now being applied to life sciences, which is frequently referred to as BioMEMS or BioMicrosystems.  In addition to many microfluidic devices, such as pumps, mixers, valves, and a variety of novel electrochemical or optical sensors, many different types of lab-on-a-chip (LOC) systems have been developed.  Microfluidic devices and LOCs have generated interest in many application fields of chemistry, life sciences, medicine, and environmental engineering, due to numerous advantages over the existing macroscale systems including compact size, disposability, higher speed and throughput of analyses, increased functionality, and decreased sample volumes.  This talk will discuss different projects in the BioMicroSystems Lab which utilize MEMS technologies for bio applications.

Dr. Papautsky is Associate Professor (with tenure) of Electrical Engineering and Director of the BioMicroSystems Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati.  He received the B.S. degree in biomedical engineering from Boston University, Boston, MA, in 1995 and the Ph.D. degree in bioengineering from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, in 1999.  His research interests focus on developing and utilizing nano/micro fabrication techniques (MEMS) and nano/micro fluidics to study and solve current medical and environmental health problems.  The two major current research thrusts in his laboratory include development of disposable polymer lab-on-a-chip (LOC) systems for point-of-care (POC) applications, and development of bio/chemical sensors for in situ sensing and analysis.  He chairs the SPIE Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems Conference and served on the organizing committee for the Biomedical Engineering Society Conference (2003) and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (2002).  For his research and teaching, Dr. Papautsky has been honored with the University Research Council Award in 2001, the William E. Restenmeyer Teaching Excellence Award in 2002 and again in 2006, the College of Engineering Tribunal Professor of the Quarter Award in 2003, the William H. Middendorf Research Excellence Award in 2004, and BioOhio 30 in their 30th Award in 2007.



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