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1. Research Introduction

The Advanced Micro and Nanosystems Laboratory specializes in the design and construction of enabling micro and nanosystems (micro-nano robotic systems and MEMS/ microfluidic devices) for automated operation at the micro-nanometer scales. We develop new technologies to manipulate, characterize, and sense cells, molecules, and nanomaterials for pursuing discoveries (in mechanobiology, development biology, and nanomechanics) and for tackling clinical and industrial applications (cell surgery in in vitro fertilization IVF, blood cell testing, drug screen, and precision instrumentation for industrial automation). We acknowledge financial support from NSERC, CIHR, CFI, OMRI, ORF, OCE, Connaught, CRC, OGI, Grand Challenges of Canada, and industries.

Our research has a unifying theme centered upon development and application of novel micro/nano devices and systems. We study fundamental science, applied biotechnology, and emerging engineering problems with new types of micro/nano devices and systems. Our technical skills include:

  • Automation at micro-nanometer scales

  • Micro-nano robotic manipulation

  • Optical and electron microscopy

  • MEMS

  • Microfluidics

  • Precision Instrumentation

  • Robotic cell surgery

  • Nanomanufacturing

2. Research Videos

Some of our research video clips are listed on the 'Videos' page. All videos are real-time videos unless stated otherwise. For more details on the projects, please refer to the Publications page or contact us for information on most recent activities.

3. Research Facilities

The AMNL hosts state-of-the-art infrastructures for micro and nanoscale research, ranging from imaging tools: scanning electron microscope (SEM), atomic force microscope (AFM), confocal microscope, motorized inverted microscopes (fluorescent imaging; DIC; phase contrast), stereo microscopes, cameras, optical lenses; to manipulation tools: MEMS probe station, micromanipulators, nanomanipulators; to motion control devices; to electronic testing devices (e.g., impedance analyzer, precision LRC meter, pico-Amp source meter); to computational facilities; and to cell incubation and biomaterial handling/storage facilities.

In addition, the team accesses on-campus cleanrooms for micro-nanofabrication and on-campus characterization facilities (e.g., TEM, FIB, various spectrometers etc.). Here is the web site of UofT's central cleanroom facilities, Toronto Nanofabrication Center (TNFC). AMNL's collaborative networks also enable our team to utilize the vast resources of the many collaborating groups in biomedical engineering, nanomaterials, and several research hospitals.

Some of the facilities that AMNL and on-campus cleanrooms host are listed on the 'Equipment' page (pictures taken up to 2010). Newly added equipment (2011-present) will be listed when their pictures are taken.


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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