Materials in Micro- and Nanofabrication Lab

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
What the facility does

Materials science and engineering/micro- and nanofabrication, materials characterization, smart materials.

Area(s) of Expertise

In my group, research is focused on investigating and developing new techniques for patterning a variety of functional polymers on the micro- and nanoscale, and understanding how their properties change as a result.My core experimental research areas involve formulating and characterizing stimulus-responsive polymers, developing processes for patterning these (and other materials) through micro- and nanofabrication, implementing surface functionalization techniques to modify polymers for adhesion or specific binding, and characterizing the mechanical properties of polymers. While my research is based mainly in experimental work, I frequently utilize numerical analysis to explore the way design characteristics (including materials and architecture) affect phenomenon including fluid flow, heat transfer, and mechanical stress and strain within devices (note that these phenomenon are difficult/impossible to measure directly over small length scales). My students are working in a variety of application areas, from smart packaging for food products to neural interfaces.

Research Services

Mechanical testing by tensile testing and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), primarily for polymers; peel testing available; thermal analysis by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), photo-DSC analysis, assistance with micro-and nanofabrication process design.

Sectors of Application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Name of equipment

Instron Tensile Tester 5943 with 10 N load cell, 1 kN load cell, and peel tester.

PerkinElmer DMA 8000

Diamond DSC (PerkinElmer)