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Award Abstract #1239779

MRI: Development of a Pilot Microfactory for Nanomedicine Devices

Div Of Chem, Bioeng, Env, & Transp Sys
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Initial Amendment Date: August 17, 2012
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Latest Amendment Date: August 17, 2012
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Award Number: 1239779
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Leon Esterowitz
CBET Div Of Chem, Bioeng, Env, & Transp Sys
ENG Directorate For Engineering
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Start Date: September 1, 2012
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End Date: February 29, 2016 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $498,084.00
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Investigator(s): Mark Schulz mark.j.schulz@uc.edu (Principal Investigator)
David Mast (Co-Principal Investigator)
Zhongyun Dong (Co-Principal Investigator)
Vesselin Shanov (Co-Principal Investigator)
Murali Sundaram (Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: University of Cincinnati Main Campus
University Hall, Suite 530
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0222 (513)556-4358
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Program Reference Code(s): 7237
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Program Element Code(s): 1189


The project will produce advances in the science and engineering of micro-fabrication technology and the utilization of nanoscale materials to build medical micro-devices. The research facility will provide engineers with prototyping tools and nanoscale materials needed to reproducibly build miniature devices. The devices will allow investigating new approaches to medical science and enable critical in vivo measurements never made before. The facility offers researchers a means to economically prototype next-generation devices and to incorporate nanotechnology into biology and medicine. The first nanomaterials to be used in the facility will be CNT arrays, ribbon, and yarn (that are already available at UC) as well as commercially available magnetic nanoparticles. CNT thread, made using cm long nanotubes, will be lightweight, stronger than steel, pliable, inert, nontoxic, and electrically and thermally conductive. Initial devices to be fabricated will utilize these materials for miniature carbon electronics, electric motors, actuators, carbon wire, sensors, antennae, and actuators for inside and outside the body. These microdevices will monitor and repair the body in ways that were not possible before.


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.Kamaraj, A.B., M.M. Sundaram, and R. Mathew. "Ultra high aspect ratio penetrating metal microelectrodes for biomedical applications," Microsystem Technologies, v.19, 2013, p. 179.

James, Sagil., Blake L. and M.M. Sundaram. "Modeling and Experimental Verification of Nano Positioning System for Nanomanufacturing," International Journal of Manufacturing, Materials and Mechanical Engineering, v.3, 2013, p. 1. 

A. Hehr, M. Schulz, V. Shanov, A. Song. "Embedded Carbon Nanotube Thread Piezoresistive Strain Sensor Performance," Sensors Review, v.34, 2014, p. 209.

A. Hehr, M. Schulz, V. Shanov, A. Song. ""Passive Damping of Carbon Nanotube Thread"," Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 2013, p. 1. 

N. Alvarez, P. Miller, M. Haase, N. Kienzle, L. Zhang, M. Schulz, V. Shanov. "?Carbon Nanotube Assembly at Near-Industrial Natural-Fiber Spinning Rates"," Carbon, v.86, 2015, p. 350.

A. Hehr, M. Schulz, V. Shanov, A. Song. "Micro-Crack Detection and Assessment with Embedded Carbon Nanotube Thread in Composite Materials," Structural Health Monitoring, 2014. 

S. Keller, A. Zaghloul, V. Shanov, M. Schulz, D. Mast. "?Design Considerations for a Meshed Carbon Nanotube Thread Patch Antenna?," Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, IEEE, 2013, p. 1192. 

S. Keller, A. Zaghloul, V. Shanov, M. Schulz, D. Mast, N. Alvarez. "Radiation Performance of Polarization Selective Carbon Nanotube Sheet Patch Antennas," Antennas and Propagation, IEEE, 2014. 

V. Shanov, W. Cho, R. Malik, N. Alvarez, M. Haase, B. Ruff, N. Kienzle, T. Ochmann, D. Mast, M. Schulz. "CVD Growth, Characterization and Applications of Carbon Nanostructured Materials," Surface and Coatings Technology, v.230, 2013, p. 77.

N. Alvarez, T. Ochmann, N. Kienzle, B. Ruff, M. Haase, T. Hopkins, S. Pixley, D. Mast, M. Schulz, V. Shanov. "?Polymer Coating of Carbon Nanotube Fibers for Electric Microcables?,," Nanomaterials, v.4, 2014, p. 879. 

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