Abstract

Mauro Ferrari informed that nanotechnology and nanoscale mechanical engineering had the potential to play a key role in the advancement of oncology. Arun Majumdar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, US, used micromachined cantilever beams to provide a means for the early and accurate diagnosis of cancer from biological fluid samples. He and a team of researchers fabricated arrays of micro-beams using techniques employed in the field of microelectromechanical systems and decorated their surfaces with antibody molecules that linked specifically to conjugate molecules. Researchers continued to conduct investigations in the field of mass transport inside nanopores and nanochannels, while bringing about significant advancements in the field of nanofluidics. They also developed novel methods for the fabrication of nanochannels in silicon membranes that were better those of the conventional photolithography used in MEMS.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMechanical Engineering
Volume132
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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