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Micromechatronic Systems Laboratory (MSL)

Our research is focused on developing microscale mechatronic systems. Our group develops applications in areas such as microrobotics, microfluidics, distributed wireless sensing, energy systems sensing, and energy harvesting. Our tool of trade is microfabrication and MEMS (micro electro mechanical systems).

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Air-Microfluidics Group (AMFG)

The UIC/LBNL/UCB Air-Microfluidics Group (AMFG) is a research consortium between University of Illinois, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with a mission to research the use of microfabrication techniques for creating lab-on-a-chip systems for air-quality monitoring.

To read more about the research in AMFG click here.

* * * * LAB NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS * * * *
[9/12/2016] Congratulations to Kensei Yee for being selected to present his results from his summer REU work at the prestigious Council on Undergraduate Research’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium, which will take place at the National Science Foundation October 23-24th. His poster is titled "Fractal Patterning of Microfliers and Growth of Black Silicon for Enhanced Optical Absorption." Well done Kensei !

[8/16/2016] Thanks to undergraduate interns Alvaro Sahagun, Simar Gadhoke, Kensei Lee, Christine Vi, and Ninoshka Llontop Lozano (P.I. Ken Brezinski) for participating in our mini GPIP / REU poster expo today. You all did great, it was fun for me me to see how well you described your summer project, and it was exciting to see many interested visitors at your posters. Well done ! Pictures: 20160815_155434.jpg., 20160815_155416.jpg., 20160815_151203.jpg., 20160815_151132.jpg., 20160815_151123.jpg., 20160815_151004.jpg., 20160815_151157.jpg.

[5/03/2016] Please join me in welcoming the newest member of our group, Michela Sainato. Michela officially started as a postdoctoral scholar with our group as of yesterday. We are all very excited to have Michela join us. She will continue Tanim's work on developing highly sensitive and selective carbon nanotube sensors. She joins us after successfully completing a PhD from University of Pisa in Italy and a postdoctoral scholar at the molecular foundry at LBNL. Welcome to UIC Michela !

[3/14/2016] Lets all congratulate Tanim passing his PhD. thesis defense with flying colors earlier today. His PhD thesis, titled "Multi Walled Carbon Nanotube Based Chemoresistive Methane Sensors," makes substantial scientific contributions in the area of low-cost/low-power gas sensors, and sets up research in our group for years to come. Tanims committee members are: Prof. Igor Paprotny (advisor and chair), Dr. Ralu Divan, Dr. Lara Gundel, Dr. Paul Solomon, Prof. Alan Feinerman, Prof. Michael Stroscio.

[3/3/2016] Please join me in congratulating Dorsa, Ameen, Ratul, Omid, Andrew, and Troy, as well as many co-authors for having a whooping three papers accepted in the Hilton Head Workshop 2016: A Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Workshop. This highly competitive single-track conference highlights the best in MEMS research. The conference was initially founded by the inventors of MEMS, such as Kurt Petersen, who attends every single one. The acceptance rate was at 50% this year, and the conference is notoriously hard to get into. In our field, a paper at this conference is considered equivalent to a Journal publication. Invitations to submit to a special issue of J.MEMS, which is the top Journal in our field, usually follows.

Fahimi D., O. Mahdavipour, T. Cados, T. Kirchstetter, P. Solomon, R. M. White, L. Gundel, and I. Paprotny, "MEMS Air-Microfluidic Lab-on-a-chip Sensor for Personal Monitoring of Airborne Particulate Matter (PM2.5).", to appear in the Technical Digest of the Hilton Head Workshop 2016: A Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Workshop, June 2016

Hussain, S. A., A. Klitzke, R. Majumdar, and I. Paprotny, "Analysis and Experimental Results of Untethered Flight of Stereolithographically Printed MEMS Microfliers.", to appear in the Technical Digest of the Hilton Head Workshop 2016: A Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Workshop, June 2016

Majumdar, R. and I. Paprotny, "Lithography-free Self-reconfigurable Post-release Stress-Engineering for Field-Reconfigurable Programmable MicroStressBots.", to appear in the Technical Digest of the Hilton Head Workshop 2016: A Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Workshop, June 2016

[1/12/2016] Congratulations to Tanim for having his recently accepted paper "Novel chemoresistive CH4 sensor with 10 ppm sensitivity based on multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) functionalized with SnO2 nanocrystals" selected as an Editor's Pick paper in the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A. The Editor's Pick's can be found here: here.

[12/5/2015] Congratulations to Tanim for having his recently accepted paper "Novel chemoresistive CH4 sensor with 10 ppm sensitivity based on multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) functionalized with SnO2 nanocrystals" selected as an Editor's Pick paper in the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A. The Editor's Pick's can be found here. Great going Tanim !

[11/25/2015] Congratulations to Nick Illiev on is paper "Review and Comparison of Spatial Localization Methods for Low-Power Wireless Sensor Networks," being awarded on of the 50 most downloadable papers in IEEE Sensors Journal in the Month of September 2015. His paper was among the top 50 most popular downloads from over 4500 papers in the Journal. His paper can be found online here.

[11/11/2015] Congratulations to Tanim on having yet another paper (Novel chemoresistive CH4 sensor with 10 ppm sensitivity based on multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) functionalized with SnO2 nanocrystals) accepted for publication in the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A. Congratulations Tanim !!! I should also add that Tanim's poster, which I recently presented in his stead at IEEE SENSORS 2015 in Korea drew heaps of attention. This paper is also another great testament to our ongoing and expanding collaboration between our lab, Argonne Nat. Lab and AMFG.

[9/15/2015] Congratulations to our colleague, friend, and collaborator Dr, Lara Gundel on being awarded the AAAR Fellow - Class of 2015 - award. This award is awarded to individuals that have shown exemplary contributions, both scientific and communal, to the American Association of Aerosol Research.

[9/14/2015] Congratulations to Tanim who just got his paper "ZnO Functionalization of Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes for Methane Sensing at Single PPM Concentration Levels" (with. Ralu Divan, Liliana Stan, Ashu Gupta, Daniel Rosenmann, Lara Gundel, and Paul Solomon) accepted in the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B. Great going Tanim !



Prof. Igor Paprotny

Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Contact information:
851 S. Morgan M/C 154
1115 SEO
Chicago, IL. 60607
Tel: (312) 996-1924
Fax: (312) 996-6465
E-mail: paprotny (at) uic (dot) edu