Laboratory for MicroTechnologies

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The main focus for the Laboratory for MicroTechnologies is creating new technologies that combine inorganic materials (silicon chips, optical fibers, etc.) with organic materials (polymers, cells, etc.) at the micro-scale. 

  • We are active in bioMEMS, working in the areas of cell-based sensing, cell manipulation, microfluidics, and mapping nucleic acids in tissue sections. 
  • We have a long history of working with "artificial muscles", previously conjugated polymers and dielectric elastomer actuators and, more recently, nastic actuators. 
  • Recently we began working in the area of tactile skins for robotics based on thin film piezoresistive latex/graphite composite paints.

Location: 3124 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building #088
Phone: 301-405-7630/301-405-9215

Elisabeth Smela

Professor
301-405-5265 | smela@umd.edu
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