Microengineering News

Bioprinting complex living tissue in just a few seconds

Researchers from EPFL and the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands have developed an extremely fast optical method for sculpting complex shapes in stem-cell-laden hydrogels and then vascularizing the resulting tissue. Their groundbreaking technique stands to change the field of tissue engineering. ...

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NATURE: A stretchable pump for the next generation of soft robots

Scientists at EPFL have developed a tiny pump that could play a big role in the development of autonomous soft robots, lightweight exoskeletons and smart clothing. Flexible, silent and weighing only one gram, it is poised to replace the rigid, noisy and bulky pumps currently used. The scientists’ work has just been published in Nature. ...

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2nd place at the SPIE Photonics West 2019 Conference

Mr Enrico CASAMENTI, PhD at the Galatea Lab in Microcity Neuchâtel, won the 2nd award in the Frontiers in Ultrafast Optics Best Student Paper Competition, during the SPIE Photonics West 2019 in San Francisco, in February 2019, in the section LASE. His paper is entitled: “Dynamically tunable optomechanical suspended waveguide for broadband phase modulation” Abstract: ...

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Simone Frasca, a PhD student with from AQUA Laboratory, receives best student paper award from the 683rd WE-Heraeus-Seminar: Physics and Applications of Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors committee

Simone Frasca has been awarded for his work on the development of a practical method to measure the depairing current density of superconducting ultrathin films by means of superconducting nanowire resonators. By measuring the self-resonance of the devices fabricated in both amorphous (WSi) and polycrystalline (NbN) material systems, it is possible to measure the kinetic inductance ...

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Andrada Alexandra Muntean wins best student paper award at the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium / Medical Imaging Conference.

In this work, we present a complete design implementation and characterization of an analog silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) with integrated time-to-digital converter (TDC). The combination of a photodetector together with on-chip readout circuitry in close proximity enables system-level advantages such as internal parasitic reduction for better single- photon timing resolution (SPTR), but also overall simplicity and ...

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TWIICE One exoskeleton is a step towards independence

The new version of the TWIICE walking-assistance system is not only lighter, more comfortable and more powerful, but patients can also put it on and use it themselves – giving them greater independence. It has been tested by handcycling champion Silke Pan. ...

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Ultra-light gloves let users “touch” virtual objects

Scientists from EPFL and ETH Zurich have developed an ultra-light glove – weighing less than 8 grams per finger– that enables users to feel and manipulate virtual objects. Their system provides extremely realistic haptic feedback and could run on a battery, allowing for unparalleled freedom of movement. ...

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For ever more efficient optical fibres

By applying a computer program that mimics the way the human brain learns to identify objects, EPFL scientists are now able to reconstruct images that have been degraded by passing through an optical fiber. ...

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