Expert in functionalization, CL array microfabrication and functionalization, top-down fabrication methods for nanowires
Jürgen Brugger
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

Superparamagnetic swimming microrobots with adjusted magnetic anisotropy
C. Peters, O. Ergeneman, B. J. Nelson, and C. Hierold
in Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), 2013 IEEE 26th International Conference on, 2013, pp. 564-567.

Pushing the limits of photo-curable SU-8-based superparamagnetic polymer composites
C. Peters, O. Ergeneman, G. A. Sotiriou, S. E. Pratsinis, B. J. Nelson, and C. Hierold,
Proc. Int. Conf. on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Conference (TRANSDUCERS) (Barcelona, 2013), pp. 2676-2679, 2013.

In-liquid MEMS assembly by optical trapping,
M. R. Gullo, L. Jacot-Descombes, J. Brugger,
Oral presentation at the 26th IEEE international conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), 20-24.01.2013, Taipei, Taiwan

Polymeric hemispherical pL micro cups fabricated by Inkjet printing,
L. Jacot-Descombes, M.R. Gullo, V. J. Cadarso, M. Mastrangeli, J. Brugger,
Oral presentation the 8th annual IEEE international conference Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems (NEMS), 07-10.04.2013, Suzhou, China


Posters from 2013

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

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

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

Posters from 2012

Towards Magnetically Guided Self-Assembly
Peters, Ergeneman, Jacot-Descombes, Fatio, Cadarso, Mastrangeli, Gullo, Brugger, Nelson, Hierold

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

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

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

Posters from 2011

Modules for Cell and Sub-Millimeter Scale Particle Handling
Jonas Wienen, Helmut Knapp

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

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

Hydrophobic forces in liquid selfassembly
Maurizio Gullo, J


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