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MiNa, the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Research Group at The University of British Columbia.


Our group is currently looking for outstanding graduate students and post-docs. For more information, please see "recruiting".

We are:

  • A leading-edge research group, engaged in many areas of microsystems and nanotechnology
  • Distinguished by our level and range of expertise
  • Driven by the potential impacts of nanotechnology and microsystems on society and the environment
  • Actively looking to attract high quality students and engage industry partners in advancing research

We are engaged in many areas of microsystems and nanotechnology, with a particular focus on devices and systems, experimentation and fabrication.
Applications of MiNa research span over many areas, including biomedical devices, nano-computing, nano-devices, communication, energy, sensors and actuators.

Areas of MiNa Application:

  • Bio-medical devices: lab-on-a-chip, single-cell characterisation, micro-electrode arrays for neural implants, scaffolds for tissue engineering, implantable devices such as stents wireless cardiac monitoring using artery-implanted stents, MEMS devices for navigated surgery, hearing-aid prosthesis, MEMS ultrasound imaging, bio-photonics, DNA sequencing, targeted drug delivery.
  • Nano-devices and computing: carbon nanotube devices, nano- and organic electronics, silicon nanowire gate-all-around transistors, nanowire memory devices, nanoscale electron emitters, nanocomputing using quantum cellular automata, Schroedinger-Poisson solvers for nanotransistors.
  • Energy: super-capacitors based on nano-structured (polymer, nanotube) materials, nanowire and nano-composite solar cells, nanowire electrodes for batteries and energy storage.
  • Optical communications: high frequency optical modulators, fiber communication, and semiconductor laser, vertical cavity lasers, photonics.
  • Sensors and actuators: fiber optic high-voltage electric-field sensors, nanowire and nanocomposite sensors, plastic health monitoring devices, artificial muscles, adaptive MEMS sensors and actuators.
  • Development of Micro- and Nano-fabrication Technologies: including controlled nano-fabrication, inkjet micro-fabrication, 3D fabrication by micro-electro-discharge machining, catalytic chemical vapor deposition of carbon nanotubes, nanowire (silicon, germanium) growth, nanocomposite inks for inkjet printing, stamping and electrospinning, high resolution lithography and microscopy, microfluidic devices.

MiNa is a dedicated team of visionary and exploratory researchers from the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering and Physics and Astronomy. A number of us are also members of ICICS – the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems.

Group Members:

Follow the links below to read about the research activities and interests of the MiNa group members.


Our 2007 MiNa Report is available. Our 2008 MiNa Report is available. Read the article on the MiNa group in the ICICS Focus, here.