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Developing technologies at the micro-scale.

Research Focus

The Laboratory for MicroTechnologies focuses on creating new technologies that combine inorganic materials (silicon chips, optical fibers, etc.) with organic materials (polymers, cells, etc.) at the micro-scale.  For further information, look under Research or click one of the pictures above.

  • We have a long history of working with artificial muscles, particularly conjugated polymers and more recently dielectric elastomer actuators and nastic actuators. 
  • We are active in bioMEMS, working in the areas of cell-based sensing, cell manipulation, microfluidics, and PCR. 


PhD student Bavani Balakrisnan has been awarded an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship.

Recently-graduated PhD student Michael Armani is in the Washington Post for his start-up company CloudSolar, which is commercializing a more efficient formula for a liquid that flows through solar panels to retain and circulate heat.  On April 1, 2011, CloudSolar won the prize for Tech Transfer company at the UMD Entrepreneurship Invitational.

Recently-defended PhD student Mark Kujawski is in the Washington Post for his start-up company Smart Composites , which is commercializing strain gauges as well as QuikHeat, a product based on exfoliated graphite / elastomer composites for melting snow on driveways, sidewalks, etc.

Web Site Updates

This site was last updated in April 2011.  

A new page was added in March on 2D PCR.





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Tel:  +1 (301) 405-5265
Office:  2112 Martin Hall




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