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[Illinois] BioNanotechnology Summer Institute 2015
10 Nov 2015 | Workshops | Contributor(s): Aleksei Aksimentiev, Rashid Bashir, Richard Chadwick, Brian Cunningham, Amy Herr, Joseph M K Irudayaraj, Hyun Joon Kong, Ting Lu, Marina Marjanovic, Cathy Murphy, Shuming Nie, Scott Siechen, Ivan Smalyukh
Twenty-six students, postdocs, and junior faculty from science and engineering disciplines from across the campus, the country, and overseas participated in the 2015 University of Illinois BioNanotechnology Summer Institute from July 27-August 7 at the Micro + Nanotechnology Lab, learning about cancer nanotechnology, cell mechanics, molecular biology, micro & nano fabrication techniques, and microfluidics. The participants engaged in lectures and hands-on training in engineering and...
[Illinois] Optics-based Biosensors for Diagnostics, Cell Imaging, Pharmaceutical Research, and Tissue Imaging
28 Aug 2013 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Brian Cunningham
My [Dr. Cunningham's] research group is focused on the application of sub-wavelength optical phenomena and fabrication methods to the development of novel devices and instrumentation for the life sciences. The group is highly interdisciplinary, with expertise in the areas of microfabrication, nanotechnology, computer simulation, instrumentation, molecular biology, and cell biology. In particular, we are working on biosensors based upon photonic crystal concepts that can either be built from low-cost flexible plastic materials, or integrated with semiconductor-based active devices, such as light sources and photodetectors, for high performance integrated detection systems.
Using a combination of micrometer-scale and nanometer-scale fabrication tools, we are devising novel methods and materials for producing electro-optic devices with nanometer-scale features that can be scaled for low-cost manufacturing. Many of our techniques are geared for compatibility with flexible plastic materials, leading to applications such as low cost disposable sensors, wearable sensors, flexible electronics, and flexible displays. Because our structures manipulate light at a scale that is smaller than an optical wavelength, we rely on computer simulation tools such as Rigorous Coupled Wave Analysis (RCWA) and Finite Difference Time Doman (FDTD) to model, design, and understand optical phenomena within photonic crystals and related devices.
In addition to fabricating devices, our group is also focused on the design, prototyping, and testing of biosensor instrumentation for high sensitivity, portability, and resolution. Advanced instruments enable high resolution imaging of biochemical and cellular interactions with the ability to monitor images of biochemical interactions as a function of time. Using the sensors and instrumentation, we are exploring new applications for optical biosensor technology including protein microarrays, biosensor/mass spectrometry systems, and microfluidics-based assays using nanoliter quantities of reagents. The methods and systems developed in the laboratory are applied in the fields of life science research, drug discovery, diagnostic testing, and environmental monitoring.
[Illinois] ECE 416 SPR Sensors II
21 May 2013 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Brian Cunningham
[Illinois] ECE 416 DNA MicroArrays II
17 May 2013 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Brian Cunningham
[Illinois] ECE 416 Nanoparticles
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