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Microchip Can Electronically Detect Covid Antibodies in Just a Drop of Blood

A single drop of blood from a finger prick. A simple electronic chip. And a smartphone readout of test results that could diagnose a Covid-19 infections or others like HIV or Lyme disease.

It sounds a bit like science fiction, like the beginnings of the medical tricorder used by doctors on Star Trek. Yet researchers at Georgia Tech and Emory University have taken the first step to showing it can be done, and they’ve published their results.

IEN News

Researchers Develop Painless Tattoos That Can Be Self-Administered

Georgia Tech researchers have developed low-cost, painless, and bloodless tattoos that can be self-administered and have many applications, from medical alerts to tracking neutered animals to cosmetics.

Partnership with DOD’s Microelectronics Workforce Development Program Continues, Expands

The Scalable Asymmetric Lifecycle En­gage­ment Microelectronics Work­force Development program (SCALE) has announced the program will extend another five years. Georgia Tech participates in the partnership, which facilitates the training of highly skilled U.S. microelectronics engineers, hardware designers, and manufacturing experts.

New Wearable Device Measures Tumors Changing Size Below Skin

Researchers from Georgia Tech and Stanford University have created a small, autonomous device with a stretchable/flexible sensor that can be adhered to the skin to measure the changing size of tumors below.

Kwong using NIH Director's Pioneer Award to Develop Living Biosensorst

Some cancers have a long and deadly memory. Years after the disease has gone into remission, cancer cells that weren’t killed by initial treatment may be lying dormant at metastatic sites, like the bone marrow, until they reawaken with malignant intent. Gabe Kwong wants to build living sentinels to detect those dormant and potentially deadly disseminated tumor cells before the cancer can recur.

Additional News of Note

Exploring Europa Possible with Silicon-Germanium Transistor Technology
Europa is more than just one of Jupiter’s many moons – it’s also one of most promising places in the solar system to look for extraterrestrial life. Under 10 kilometers of ice is a liquid water ocean that could sustain life. But with surface temperatures at -180 Celsius and with extreme levels of radiation, it’s also one of the most inhospitable places in the solar system. Exploring Europa could be possible in the coming years thanks to new applications for silicon-germanium transistor technology research at Georgia Tech.

Regents’ Professor John D. Cressler and his students have been working with silicon-germanium heterojunction bipolar transistors for decades and have found them to have unique advantages in extreme environments like Europa.

Awards and Appointments

Mohammadreza (Reza) Zandehshahvar has been awarded a 2022 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, in recognition of his research on machine learning for inverse design and knowledge discovery in nanophotonics.

Reza is a Ph.D. candidate in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). He has been a member of ECE’s Photonics Research Group, directed by Ali Adibi.
Associate Professor Aaron Young has been awarded the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award. This is the second NIH award for Young, who was previously awarded the NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) Young Investigator Award.
Assistant Professor Akanksha Menon has been selected as a Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Georgia Tech.
Erik Barbosa, a graduate student in the Water-Energy Research Lab led by Akanksha Menon, has received the NSF graduate research fellowship for his work on thermochemical energy storage for decarbonizing heat in buildings. As part of this work, the team is looking at stabilizing the porous microstructure under hygrothermal cycling and enhancing thermal conductivity using thermally conductive filler materials.

Cleanroom Corner

FlexAL Atomic Layer Deposition System

The FlexAL atomic layer deposition (ALD) system offers a broad range of optimized high-quality plasma ALD and thermal ALD processes with maximum flexibility in precursors, processes gases, and hardware configuration within a single process chamber.

Funding Opportunities

Exponential Electronics Seed Grant Program – Call for Proposals
Deadline: October 15, 2022
The Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology’s Exponential Electronics (IEN-EX) program supports early-stage research and development to create revolutionary electronic systems. Convergent teams of Georgia Tech researchers can request up to $75,000 per year (direct) for up to three years to advance “1000x” ideas to the point where external funding entities can support them.

IEN Publications

Reconfigurable multifunctional metasurfaces employing hybrid phase-change plasmonic architecture
Sajjad Abdollahramezani, Hossein Taghinejad, Tianren Fan, Mahmood Reza Marzban, Ali A. Eftekhar, and Ali Adibi

Seeded growth of adaptive tiles on DNA origami
Yan Liu, Jin Cheng, Yuqi Wang, Bin Ji, Linlin Tang, Kexuan Zou, Yujie Xie, Daxiang Cui, Yonggang Ke, and Jie Song
Wenxia Wang, Yifeng Shi, Zitao Chen, Ming Zhao, Zhenming Cao, Zhiheng Lyu, Ruhui Chen, Kaijun Xiao, Miaofang Chi, and Younan Xia
Yandong Luo, Yuan-Chun Luo, and Shimeng Yu


NNCI Webinar: Innovation and Entrepreneurship - October 12, 2022 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lab-to-Fab: Transitioning from University Cleanrooms to Industrial Prototyping and Low-Volume Production
Featuring Miguel Urteaga | Director of Foundry Products and Services, Teledyne Scientific Company
26th NanoFANS Forum - October 13, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Micro- and Nanotechnology Commercialization: Opportunities and Challenges - Part 2

Please RSVP by October 12th to reserve your seat.
The Global Center for Medical Innovation Virtual Brown-bag Q&A - October 19, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Presented by the Office of the VPIR
Join us to learn more about the work of this vital Georgia Tech resource for biomedical research.
Nano@Tech Fall 2022 Series | Ultrasound for Brain Imaging and Therapy - October 25, 2022 | Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Featuring Assistant Professor Chengzhi Shi | School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
International Conference on Active Materials and Soft Mechatronics - October 26-29, 2022
The conference will include symposiums on sensors, actuators, and energy; plenary and keynote lectures by renowned researchers; oral and poster presentations; social gatherings; a conference tour; and exhibitions.
Georgia Tech Biocleanroom Open House - October 27, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Attendees will learn more about the tools available, meet the biocleanroom staff, and tour the lab facility.

Register by October 14
Fall 2022 Microfabrication Short Course - November 3-4, 2022 | 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This intensive two-day short course combines classroom lectures and laboratory based hands-on fabrication in the IEN cleanroom. The goal of the course is to impart a basic understanding of the science and technology of microfabrication processes as used in academia and industry.

Space is limited. Register here.
Lunch and Learn: Enabling Miniaturization with Micro 3D Printing - November 7, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Attendees will learn why PµSL is a game changer in electrical, medical, and microfluidic applications; the advantages of additive manufacturing over traditional manufacturing; and real-world examples of companies using micro 3D printing to drive innovation.

Lunch will be provided. Register here.
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