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MIT News: Fast, cheap nanomanufacturing Arrays of tiny conical tips that eject ionized materials could fabricate nanoscale devices cheaply.

October 4th, 2014

Luis Fernando Velásquez-García’s group at MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) develops dense arrays of microscopic cones that harness electrostatic forces to eject streams of ions. The technology has a range of promising applications: depositing or etching features onto nanoscale mechanical devices; spinning out nanofibers for use in water filters, body armor, and “smart” textiles; or
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Our Work on electrospray emitter array ion sources is on the cover of the 2014 MTL Annual Review!

September 28th, 2014

Congratulations to Frances! More information in http://www-mtl.mit.edu/wpmu/ar2014/  

ILP Institute Insider: Mass Spectrometry in Your Hand Electrospray arrays can dramatically downsize systems and costs for onsite chemical analysis — and many other applications.

September 1st, 2014

If you’re out in the field doing environmental testing, food checks, forensic work or other chemical analysis, mass spectrometry is an extremely accurate detection tool with one huge drawback: You can lose days in sending samples back to the lab for analysis. MIT researchers now have developed technologies that promise to enable mass spectrometers that
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Our X-Ray work is featured in IEEE Spectrum!

March 5th, 2014

Our work on advanced X-ray generators was featured in the March 2014 issue of the magazine IEEE Spectrum, in the article “Less Is More With Next-Generation Medical X-rays” by Mark Anderson.  The X-ray that imaged your father’s broken leg when he was a kid isn’t fundamentally different from the one at your doctor’s office today—other than that
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Congratulations Shuo for winning Best Proceedings Paper award at PowerMEMS 2013!

December 5th, 2013

The paper “A Compact X-ray Generator Using a Nanostructured Field Emission Cathode and aMicrostructured Transmission Anode” by Shuo Cheng, Frances Hill, Eric Heubel and Luis Fernando Velásquez-García was selected Best Proceedings Paper by the 13th International Workshop on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications (PowerMEMS 2013), being held Dec. 3 to
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MIT News: A leap forward in X‑ray technology Lightweight, portable device could provide detailed images — even of soft tissue

December 5th, 2013

X-rays transformed medicine a century ago by providing a noninvasive way to detect internal structures in the body. Still, they have limitations: X-rays cannot image the body’s soft tissues, except with the use of contrast-enhancing agents that must be swallowed or injected, and their resolution is limited. But a new approach developed by researchers at MIT
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Our Work on MEMS Electrospinning Sources is the cover of the 2013 MTL Annual Review!

September 30th, 2013

Congratulations to Philip! More information in http://www-mtl.mit.edu/wpmu/ar2013/  

Frances selected to take part in Rising Stars in EECS 2013

September 7th, 2013

Congratulations to Frances Hill, who has been invited to be part of the Rising Stars 2013 Conference. The conference brings together the top young female electrical engineers and computer scientists from around the world. The conference is hosted by the MIT Department of EECS and will be held November 4-5, 2013.  More information of the
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Shuo and Arash to give oral presentations at PowerMEMS 2013

September 1st, 2013

Two papers have been selected for oral presentation at The 13th International Conference on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications in London, England, December 3-6, 2013. Shuo Cheng will present a talk entitled “A Compact X-ray Generator Using a Nanostructured Field Emission Cathode and a Microstructured Transmission Anode”. Arash will present
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Three oral presentations to be presented at IVNC 2013

July 1st, 2013

Three papers have been accepted for oral presentations at the 26th International Vacuum Nanoelectronics Conference (IVNC 2013), Roanoke VA, July 8–12 2013. Michael Swanwick will present his work on “Nanostructured Silicon Photo-cathodes for X-ray Generation.” Arash will present a talk entitled “A Low-voltage High-pressure Field Ionizer for Portable Analytical Instruments.” A third talk with contributions
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Frances and Michael selected to give oral presentations at Transducers 2013

February 15th, 2013

Frances Hill and Michael Swanwick have been selected to give oral presentations at The 17th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems in Barcelona, Spain, June 16-20, 2013. Frances will present “High-Throughput Ionic Liquid Electrospray Sources Based on Dense Monolithic Arrays of Emitters with Integrated Extractor Grid and Carbon Nanotube Flow Control Structures”. Michael
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Philip to give Featured Talk at MARC 2013

January 29th, 2013

Congratulations to Philip Ponce de Leon, who has been selected to give a Featured Talk at the MTL Annual Research Conference on January 29, 2013. Philip’s talk will be on “Batch Microfabricated Arrays of Electrospinning Emitters for High Throughput Generation of Nanofibers”.

MIT News: Spin Doctors – Luis Velásquez‑García and team develop a cost‑effective way to spin nanoscale fibers

November 20th, 2012

Nanofibers — strands of material only a couple hundred nanometers in diameter — have a huge range of possible applications: scaffolds for bioengineered organs, ultrafine air and water filters, and lightweight Kevlar body armor, to name just a few. But so far, the expense of producing them has consigned them to a few high-end, niche
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Philip selected to give oral presentation at PowerMEMS 2012

September 1st, 2012

Philip Ponce de Leon has been selected to present an oral presentation, “Batch-Microfabricated Arrays Of Electrospinning Emitters for High Throughput Generation of Nanofibers”, at The 12th International Workshop on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications, Atlanta, GA, December 2-5, 2012.

Eric to present at Hilton Head 2012

June 1st, 2012

Eric Heubel will be presenting a poster at the 2012 Hilton Head Workshop on Physical Sensors in Hilton Head, SC. The conference will take place from June 3rd–7th, 2012. His poster is entitled “MEMS-Enabled Retarding Potential Analyzers for Hypersonic In-Flight Plasma Diagnostics.”

How to corner the MEMS market

April 19th, 2012

In the last decade, MEMS (microelectromechanical devices) have wrought revolutions in several industries: Arrays of micromirrors, for instance, enabled digital film projectors, and accelerometers like those in Nintendo’s Wii controller have changed gaming. But commercially successful MEMS represent a tiny sampling of the prototypes developed in academic and industry labs, — from supersensitive biological sensors to
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Eric selected to present at MEMS 2012

January 1st, 2012

Congratulations to Eric Heubel, who has been selected to present a poster at the IEEE MEMS 2012 conference in Taipei, Taiwan on his work, “Batch-Fabricated MEMS Retarding Potential Analyzer for High-Accuracy Ion Energy Measurements.” The conference takes place from January 20th-24th 2012.

Microsystems Technology Laboratories team wins award for tiny steam generator

May 13th, 2010

Best Oral Presentation at the 2009 International Workshop on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications

Nano-pillars tipped for success

September 30th, 2008

Scientists at MIT have no shortage of applications for their dense arrays of high-aspect-ratio single-crystal silicon columns. The team believes that its nano-tipped vertical pillars could be ideal as electrical ballast for field emission sources, as porous media for nanofluidic systems or even as invasive probes for tissue studies.

MIT gas sensor is tiny, quick

January 10th, 2008

Energy-efficient device could quickly detect hazardous chemicals