Integration of microfabrication technology with biology and medicine is producing a large array of BioMEMS devices that could revolutionize the biomedical investigation and clinical practice. The BioMEMS lab at Lawrence Tech was established in early 2010 with partial funding support from the Lawrence Tech Faculty Research Seed Grant. The lab has recently been moved to the new Taubman Complex and serves to (1) support BME 4201 MEMS Lab and BME /EME/PHY 4623 Nanofabrication and train students with hands-on microfabrication skills; and (2) provide research opportunities for undergraduate students interested in interdisciplinary BioMEMS projects. The ultimate goal of the BioMEMS lab is to increase the pool of students that have both knowledge of microtechnology and an interest in applying it to medically and biologically relevant problems.


BioMEMS lab

BME students working with Dr. Li in the
BioMEMS laboratory.

The BioMEMS lab consists of two areas:

  • Polymer microdevice fabrication area
    Polymer BioMEMS offer unique advantages over Si or glass based microdevices in providing a biocompatible, versatile and low cost platform for cell-based studies. We are currently focusing on fabricating poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) based microdevices using soft lithography.
  • Class 1000 cleanroom
    The planned addition of mask aligner and film deposition instrument in the cleanroom is area will greatly enhance the capability of the lab.

Major equipment

  • PE-100 plasma etcher
  • Spin coater
  • Convective oven
  • Stereo microscope
  • Hot plate