Silicon as a biomedical material

Mark Ming Cheng Cheng, Ennio Tasciotti, Mauro Ferrari

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


The cornerstone of microelectronics and MEMS, silicon-based manufacturing is taking over as a fundamental material in medicine. Research and laboratory diagnostic uses of biomolecular array technologies and microfluidics are well established. Novel sensor nanotechnologies are demonstrating features that make them an indispensable tool for the conquest of the post-genomic challenges, which present astronomical complexities in their requirement for multiplexed, real-time analyses. Controlled-release nanofluidic and microchip devices are under development as drug-delivery implants. Recently, nano-porous silicon has emerged as a material for medicine itself: it is biodegradable with tunable kinetics, eminently biocompatible, and provides suitable drug loading and release rates. Formed into micro-and nanoparticles of ‘designer’ size, shape and surface properties, nanoporous silicon is a particularly versatile material for the next generation of nanomedical therapeutic products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2008 Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop
EditorsKimberly L. Turner, Leland Spangler
PublisherTransducer Research Foundation
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)0964002477, 9780964002470
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop - Hilton Head Island, United States
Duration: Jun 1 2008Jun 5 2008

Publication series

NameTechnical Digest - Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop


Other2008 Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHilton Head Island

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture


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