The Advanced Micro and Nanosystems Laboratory (AMNL), founded in 2004, is affiliated with Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Inst. of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. With a unifying theme centered upon the development and application of novel micro/nano devices and systems, AMNL’s research ranges from fundamental science, to applied biotechnology, to emerging engineering issues. Many of our present research projects involve the manipulation and characterization of biological cells and nanoscaled materials.

The actively pursued areas are micro-nano device design and fabrication (MEMS sensors and actuators, bioMEMS, and NEMS); microrobotic manipulation of biological cells; microstructure control; cellular mechanobiology; and nanorobotic manipulation of nanomaterials and biomolecules. Micro, nano, and bio are integrative components of our research, in which technological innovations are made in MEMS, nanotechnology, micro-nano-robotics, and biomechanics to better understand basic life sciences problems, facilitate biological/biomedical studies, and enable us to tackle fundamental and applied biomedical/clinical and emerging engineering problems.

Taking a multidisciplinary approach in research, our dynamic team consists of researchers from various backgrounds in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and biomedical engineering. We work with an exciting network of clinician scientists, biologists, nanomaterial scientists, and many industries inside and outside Canada.

Key Words:

  • automation at micro/nanometer scales
  • microrobotic and nanorobotic manipulation
  • optical and electron microscopy
  • computer vision microscopy
  • robotic cell surgery
  • medical robotics
  • nano manufacturing
  • precision instrumentation
  • MEMS
  • microfluidics
  • biomedical micro devices
  • micro-nanofabrication
  • cellular mechanobiology
  • disease diagnostics
  • cellular biophysics
  • automated instrumentation for biomedical and clinical use

Recent Events

Y. Sun gave an invited seminar in the Schaefer School of Engineering & Science at Stevens Institute of Technology. (10/2018)

C.H. Cao headed to MIT for his postdoctoral research. AMNL team wishes him the best. (09/2018)

W.K. Dou received a pretigious Ph.D. fellowship from the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research Education Fund. (08/2018)

AMNL won the Best Application Paper Award at the International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS) in Nagoya, Japan. (07/2018)

Y. Sun accepted the role of Editor for the Elsevier journal, Sensors & Acutators A: Physical. (06/2018)

AMNL presented three papers at IEEE International Conf. Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Brisbane, Australia. (05/2018)

J.H. Law won the Ontario Trillium Scholarship; G.Q. Shan won the Connaught International Scholarship; Y. Sun gave an invited seminar at the Univerity of Pennsylvania. (04/2018)

AMNL won the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Best New Application Paper Award. (03/2018)

C. Cao won an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship. His paper in Science Advances was accepted for publication. (02/2018)

AMNL won the UofT Connaught Innovation Award; H.J. Liu won the UPenn postdoctoral fellowship. (01/2018)

Y. Sun gave a plenary talk at IEEE Nanomedicine. (12/2017)

Dr. Peter Kim from National Children's Hospital in D.C. and Prof. Rob Wood from Harvard University visited AMNL. (10&11/2017)

Y. Sun introduced UofT Robotics to a Taiwan delegation headed by the minister of science and technology. (10/2017)

Prof. X.Y. Liu, our previous group member, joined UofT as an associate professor. (09/2017)

L. Wang received, for a second time, a pretigious postdoctoral fellowship from the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research Education Fund. (08/2017)

Y. Sun gave invited/keynote talks at Tsinghua University in Beijing, at 2017 Microsystems and Nanoengineering Summit in Dalian, and at MARSS'2017 in Montreal. (07/2017)

AMNL presented five papers at Transducers'17 in Taiwan. (06/2017)

AMNL presented three papers at IEEE ICRA in Singapore. (05/2017)

Y. Sun joined UofT management in welcoming Shaye LU, Ambassador (Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of P.R. China to Canada) to visit UofT. (04/2017)

AMNL hosted a lab visit by Prof. Vijay Kumar from UPenn. (03/2017)

C.H. Cao won the Chinese Overseas Outstanding Graduate Student Award. H.J. Liu was one of the 2016 winners of the highly competitive award. Congratulations! (02/2017)

AMNL hosted a lab visit by distinguished MIE alumnus, James Peers. (01/2017)

On AMNL's NBA night (Toronto Raptors vs. LA Lakers, Dec. 2), Raptors beat Lakers by over 30 points (113:80). (12/2016)

AMNL's collaboration with Kirchhoff Van-Rob Inc. (a tier one supplier to major automobile manufacturers) officially started in Nov. through an OCE grant. (11/2016)

Y. Sun gave a plenary talk at the 2016 World Robot Conference in Beijing. (10/2016)

L. Wang received a pretigious postdoctoral fellowship from the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research Education Fund. (09/2016)

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