Expert in functionalization, CL array microfabrication and functionalization, top-down fabrication methods for nanowires
Fluidic-mediated self-assembly for hybrid functional micro/nanosystems

Expert in Micro-/nano fluidics
Helmut Knapp
Expert in Modeling-self-organized systems
Alcherio Martinoli
Expert in Micro-/Nano-robotics
Bradley Nelson
Icare research institute
Expert in RFID middleware for food and medical industries
Laurent Sciboz
Icare research institute
ETHZ/D-MATL/Surface Science
Expert in Surface chemistry. surface gradients
Nicholas Spencer

Project Description

The goal of the project is to develop a novel manufacturing method  capable of assembling a large number of pre-fabricated smart MEMS devices into more complex systems by using liquid media. An additional goal is to trap liquid inside the assembled MEMS that can be released upon an external trigger signal. These devices may find applications in environmental engineering, drug release, miniaturized chemical systems, etc. 

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Our researchers in the media

Notable publications

Nanorobotics for NEMS Using Helical Nanostructures
D. Xu, L. Zhang, B. Nelson, L. Dong
Encyclopedia of nanotechnology, edited by Bharat Bhushan, 1715-1721. Dordrecht: Springer.

Dielectrophoretic Nanoassembly of Nanotubes onto Nanoelectrodes
D. Xu, A. Subramanian, L. Dong, and B. Nelson
Encyclopedia of nanotechnology, edited by Bharat Bhushan, 560-565. Dordrecht: Springer.

A Microfabricated and Microassembled Wireless Resonator
M. Flueckiger, Z. Nagy, M. Probst, O. Ergeneman, S. Pane, and B.J. Nelson
Sensors & Actuators A: Physical

Manufacturing of a Hybrid Acoustic Transmitter Using an Advanced Microassembly System
M. Probst, M. Flueckiger, S. Pane, O. Ergeneman, Z. Nagy and B.J. Nelson
IEEE. Trans. Indust. Electronics


Posters from 2013

Tracking and Control of Acousto-Fluidic Self-Assembly of Microparticles
Massimo Mastrangeli, Felix Schill, Jonas Goldowsky, Loic Jacot-Descombes, H. Knapp, J. Brugger, A. Martinoli

Hydrophobic Forces in Liquid Selfassembly
M. Gullo. L. Jacot-Descombes, J. Brugger

In-Liquid Self-Assembly of Polymeric Bicolor Cylinders and Half-Capsules
L Jacot-Descombes, M.R. Gullo, V.J. Cadarso, M. Mastrangeli, J. Brugger

Posters from 2012

Fluidic Strategies for Assisted Self-Assembly
Wienen, Knapp

SU-8 functionalization with DNA for N/MEMS self-assembly
Kumar, Huckstadt, Acikgoz, Spencer

Real-Time Control of Self-Assembling Systems
Mermoud, Mastrangeli, Droz, Martinoli

In-liquid pairwise self-assembly of SU-8 based building block
Jacot-Descombes, Gullo, Cadarso, Mastrangeli, Brugger

Posters from 2011

Compound fabrication for in liquid selective self-assembly

Hydrophobic forces in liquid selfassembly
Maurizio Gullo, Jacot-Descombes, Brugger

Real-time tracking of microscale fluidic self-assembly
Massimo Mastrangeli, Gregory Mermoud, Emmanuel Droz, Alcherio Martinoli

Modeling Self-Assembly at All Scales
Gregory Mermoud, Massimo Mastrangeli, Alcherio Martinoli


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