The Micro and Nano Laboratory establishes synergies among novel nanostructures, microfluidics, biology, materials chemistry and electrokinetics in order to develop disruptive new technologies in sensors, diagnostics, drug delivery systems, and biofilms that use cost-effective tools. Among other aims, the lab advances knowledge of interfaces and surface physics. Current research includes the development of a modular, adaptive, electrochemical biosensor platform (ESSENCE) that meets the “ASSURED” criteria set by the World Health Organization for point-of-care (POC) devices used, for example, to detect bio-threats, infectious diseases and pollutants. In collaboration with the Pacific Northwest National Lab, a point-of-use sensor has been developed for the detection of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), which are industrial pollutants. The Micro and Nano Laboratory is working with researchers and companies on developing new technologies for batteries, supercapacitors, electrical field-assisted separations, biologics and electro-catalysts. Our facilities include a wet lab set up for the design, development and testing of microfluidics, cell work using lab-on-a-chip devices and electrochemical characterization.
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