Institute of Microelectronics, University of Illinois team up for nanowire sensors

The Institute of Microelectronics in Singapore has teamed up with the University of Illinois to research and develop nanowire sensors in efforts to commercialise the technology.

The deal will see the Institute and University working closely together on researching how to systematically optimise nanowire sensor design and develop techniques for batch fabrication. The ultimate aim is to improve the stability of nanosenors and come up with ways to reproduce the technology in a commercially viable way.

Nanowire sensors could be used to provide quick, low-cost and high-throughput analysis of biological processes, thanks to their highly sensitive ability to detect biomolecules, but the lack of knowledge and optimisation of their design is a key blocking point that prevents widespread use. 

There’s still a lot to learn about the technology, which the collaborative duo hope to figure out over the next few years, using the University’s designs and the Institute’s Bioelectronics Programme, silicon fab and research staff.

The team will begin fabrication of top-down silicon-based nanowire field-effect transistor sensors and nanoplate arrays which were designed by the University of Illinois. They will then be tested at detecting cancer protein biomarkers, which could eventually lead to them being used in point-of-care diagnostics systems.