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Posted: February 13, 2008
MIT's Collaboration with IMT Lauded by Nature Journal
(Nanowerk News) Nature Journal has recognized the collaborative effort between Innovative Micro Technology (IMT) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on the weighing of single cells and single nanoparticles in fluid with sub-femtogram resolution.
The IMT-MIT collaboration was among eighteen research papers published in Nature throughout 2007 that were selected as “favourites” by the prominent scientists and technologists serving as Nature’s manuscript editors. Designed by MIT with design for manufacturability by IMT, the advanced function and ultra-high sensitivity of the device were made possible by manufacturing prowess developed by IMT, including vacuum wafer-level packaging. The device is currently in the process of being commercialized.
Nature summarized the significance of the work: “Tiny particles — molecules included — can be weighed with remarkably high resolution using nanoscale mechanical resonators. But not in the presence of fluids, which dampen the vibrations that make the system work. This rules out practical applications such as medical diagnostics or environmental monitoring. But here is an ingenious way around the problem: ‘hide’ the fluid inside the resonator. A vacuum-packaged resonator holds the solution with particles of interest in microfluidic channels, and weighs single nanoparticles and bacteria at subfemtogram resolution.” The full article can be found under T P Burg et al. Nature 446, 1066–1069 (April 26, 2007).
About Innovative MicroTechnology
IMT is the world’s leading MEMS contract manufacturer/foundry partner with a diversified range of customers and products. IMT was formed in 2000, specifically to produce MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) devices. IMT’s 130,000 sq ft facility contains a 30,000 sq ft Class 100 clean room/fab, the largest and best-equipped independent MEMS fab in the world. The company was built for volume manufacturing, and provides complete foundry services from design through production. IMT currently has >25 customers in diverse applications, including relays and relay arrays, drug discovery, drug delivery, biomedical implants and cell purifiers, microfluidics, displays, inertial navigation, optical telecommunications, printing, various sensors, night vision, IR emitters, telephone/DSL switching, RF devices, power management, and others. IMT’s overriding goal is to partner with companies to develop and manufacturer products based on MEMS technology.