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Developing technologies at the micro-scale.


The main focus for the Laboratory for MicroTechnologies is creating new technologies that combine inorganic materials (silicon chips, optical fibers, etc.) with organic materials (polymers, cells, etc.), particularly at the micro-scale.  For further information, look under Journals or Research.

  • We are currently active in cell-based sensing. More specifically, we are now working to develop an "e-nose" for olfaction. 
  • We have been active in bioMEMS, working in the areas of cell-based sensing, cell manipulation, microfluidics, and mapping nucleic acids in tissue sections. 
  • We have a long history of working with "artificial muscles", including conjugated polymers, dielectric elastomer actuators, and nastic actuators. 
  • We have also worked in the area of tactile skins for robotics, structural health monitoring, and cancer detection based on thin film piezoresistive composite paints.



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Elisabeth Smela

Tel:  +1 (301) 405-5265
Office:  2112 Martin Hall




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