Fields of expertise
The Laboratory of Microsystems 2 of Prof. Martin Gijs was established in 1997 and has as mission the development of new microfabrication technologies and to exploit these for applications of industrial interest. We actively participate in national and international research programs. The research of LMIS2 is centered on four themes:
- Novel microfabrication technologies
- Magnetic applications
- Bio-Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (BioMEMS)
Novel microfabrication technologies
We have established a sol-gel process for the replication of three-dimensional and thin film glass nanostructures. Moreover, we have discovered a new sol-gel process to synthesize borosilicate nanoparticles.
We are working on miniaturised systems for the handling and magnetic transport of magnetic micro- and nanoparticles in microfluidic devices.
Chemists and biologists have recognized the utility of microfabricated devices for transporting and manipulating liquids on a sub-?L scale. We are active in the realisation and use of glass and polymer microfluidic chips.
We are developing microfluidic channel- and droplet-based microsystems for the handling of magnetic beads for biomedical and mixing applications. We demonstrated a variety of on-chip immuno- and cell-based- assays using magnetic beads in a microfluidic channel as substrate.
Martin A.M. Gijs received his degree in physics in 1981 from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and his Ph.D. degree in physics at the same university in 1986. He joined the Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, in 1987. Subsequently, he has worked there on micro-and nano-fabrication processes of high critical temperature superconducting Josephson and tunnel junctions, the microfabrication of microstructures in magnetic multilayers showing the giant magnetoresistance effect, the design and realisation of miniaturised motors for hard disk applications and the design and realisation of planar transformers for miniaturised power applications. He joined EPFL in 1997. His present interests are in developing technologies for novel magnetic devices, new microfabrication technologies for microsystems fabrication in general and the development and use of microsystems technologies for microfluidic and biomedical applications in particular.