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

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)

AMNL won the Best Paper in Robotics Award at IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation (IEEE ICIA'2016) in Ningbo, China. (08/2016)

Y. Sun gave plenary talks at Optofluidics'16 and OCSMNT-MAN'16 in Beijing. (07/2016)

AMNL hosted lab visits by JiuYou Capital from Shanghai and the Consulate General of China in Toronto. (06/2016)

Y. Sun gave a keynote talk at IEEE ICRA'16 in Stockholm, Sweden. (05/2016)

Y. Sun gave an invited seminar in the Institute of FUNSOM at Soochow University. (04/2016)

AMNL welcomes 4 new graduate students and 1 postdoc to join our team. (03/2016)

AMNL hosted a lab tour by an international media group invited by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. (02/2016)

AMNL presented three papers at IEEE MEMS'16. (01/2016)

Y. Sun gave an invited seminar at Purdue University. (12/2015)

Y. Sun gave an invited seminar at the University of Wisconin - Madison. (11/2015)

J. Liu received a pretigious Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research Education Fund Award. (10/2015)

C.H. Cao's Nano Letters paper was accepted. (09/2015)

Y. Sun spoke at the 2015 Microsystems & Nanoengineering Summit in Beijing. (08/2015)

Collaborative paper with Prof. Anthony Gramolini's group was accepted by Nature Communications. (07/2015)

Yuan Wei successfully defended his thesis. (06/2015)

AMNL presented papers at IEEE ICRA'15 in Seattle. (05/2015)

Y. Sun gave an invited seminar at UCLA. (04/2015)

Nature Cell Biology paper reports effects of physical force on cell remodeling. (03/2015)

Y. Zheng was awarded a prestigious NSERC postdoctoral fellowship. (02/2015)

AMNL presented papers at IEEE MEMS'15 in Estoril, Portugal. (01/2015)

Y. Sun was elected Fellow of IEEE. (12/2014)

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