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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
and electron microscopy
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
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