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Leading-edge research at the American University in Cairo

New diagnostic tests for sensitive detection of the hepatitis C virus; detection of cancer biomarkers, as well as creating a new generation of nano-devices that include smart bricks with tiny sensors, which can analyze building safety and warn of fires and earthquakes, are only some of the cutting-edge nanotechnology research projects developed at the American University in Cairo (AUC).

AUC professors are constructing miniaturized devices. These devices are commonly referred to as microelectromechanical (MEMS) and nanoelectromechanical (NEMS) systems, which are used in a broad range of applications, including communication systems, blood pressure regulation devises, muscle stimulators, and high-density storage media. “The field is only 15 years old, but nearly every system you can think of has some MEMS component in it, from pharmaceuticals and mobile phones to the wing of an airplane and the fabric of stain-resistant shirts,” said Sherif Sedky from the Yousef Jameel Science and Technology Research Center.

Sedky and the microfabrication group that he heads have recently secured a patent jointly owned with the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center in Belgium for their development of new techniques that control the physical properties of thin films.

If you want to know more about the activity developed at AUC, click here.


December 21, 2009 - Posted by | Nano News, Uncategorized

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