Micro- and Nanosystems Research Group
The mission of our group is to develop autonomous systems for handling, treating and characterizing micro- and nanoscale samples and objects. We combine knowledge of automation and control engineering with microsystems and nanotechnology to develop novel functional systems in selected application areas.
Research focus and goals
The expertise areas of our group include:
- automation and control
We focus our research on the following application areas:
- Bio-MEMS in cell and tissue engineering
- Microrobotics for characterization of fibrous materials
Research Activities in Cell and Tissue Engineering: In cell and tissue engineering research, our goal is to develop methods and technologies to monitor and control microfluidic cell culture environments and influence cellular functionality using microfluidics, micro- and biosensors and automatic control. We have developed concepts for mechanical stretching of cells, portable hypoxia, microfluidic perfusion, and various neuro-chips.
Material characterization and microassembly: In material characterization, we have developed microrobotic technologies to characterize bonding strength of pulp fibers and interfacial shear strength between glass and carbon fibres and polymer matrices.
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