WUT, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland

The Wroclaw University of Technology - WUT is 3rd in number of students ranked of top position (1 / 2 / 3) of high schools in Poland. Over 33000 students study here under the guidance of 2 000 academic teachers, at the 12 faculties and the Department of Fundamental Studies, as well in the 3 regional branches.The university has been functioning under the current name since 1945. It was established and organized by researchers from Lviv and Warsaw. Since the very beginning of its existence, it has been an important canter of technical education. Today, it belongs to the best technical universities in Poland.

The Faculty of Microsystem Electronics and Photonics (150 staff, 1000 students) is the youngest between 12 Faculties of Politechnika Wrocławska. The Faculty has been nominated A class and is placed of 2nd position of the best R&D Polish institutions in area of electronics. Works of EDUMEMS will be done by the Team of Division of Microengineering and Photovoltaics (MEMSlab) of the mentioned above Faculty. MEMSlab has developed set of original micromechanical techniques and family of microsensors and microsystems. It has been responsible for development of series of industrial sensor domestic and international projects financed by Polish bodies and European Commission.

Areas of research
· Microengineering methods of microsystems and micromechanisms fabrication
· Nanoengineering and nanostructurization of solid state body surface
· Vacuum nano/microelectronics
· Microfluidics, lab-on-a-chips, analytical microsystems
· Intelligent microreactors, chemical micro-instrumentation
· Micromechanical sensors of physical, chemical and biochemical quantities
· "Intelligent" miniature sensors systems
· Computer controlled embedded systems
· Computer aided electrical and optical biochemical signal processing

Actually MEMSlab is leading workpackage on optical MEMS cesium cells under ambitious European FP7 micro-atomic clock (project MAC-TFC), workpackage on detection in bio/chemical lab-chips (project Lab-On-Foil), development of sensors for food pathogens (project CIS of POIG) and oocytes, embryos on-chip optical qualification (MNS-DIAG APOZAR of POIG) as well as other national projects in the field.

Main projects:

LabOnFoil
LabOnFoil is the acronym chosen to designate the project named "Laboratory Skin Patches and SmartCards based on foils and compatible with a smartphone". The project aims ultra-low-cost laboratories on chips without compromising time response, sensitivity or simplicity of use. The user will obtain the test results using a smartphone and a set of Labcards and skin patches, where the sample preparation and detection take place.

MAC-TFC
MEMS Atomic Clocks for Timing, Frequency Control & Communications. Atomic clocks provide enhanced accuracy, stability, and timing precision compared to quartz-based technologies. However, the size and power consumption of existing atomic clocks far exceeds those of quartz-based clocks, preventing their deployment in portable applications. MEMS technology, with its ability to shrink mechanical features and mechanisms down to micron scales, already provides substantial size and power reduction for applications spanning wireless communications, sensors, and fluidic systems, and is now emerging to provide similar advantages for frequency and timing references.

NEPUMUC
“New eco-efficient industrial process using microstructured unit components - safe and environmental friendly production of sensitive compounds ensured by process intensification.” The overall goal of the NEPUMUC project is to make the benefits of microreaction technology available for industrial purposes, in particular nitration chemistry. Therefore, the project partners jointly developed, tested and evaluated a new microreaction process as a prototype to demonstrate that even under industrial requirements microreaction technology can be made available in a flexible and multi-purpose manner.

OptoLabCard
Mass produced optical diagnostic labcards based on micro and nano SU8 layers. The project aims the development of a quick and low-cost diagnostic device (Lab on a Card) that develops and integrates technology advances in optoelectronics, microfluidic and microbiology, capable to detect, in-situ, DNA pathogens in 15 minutes. The device consists of a hand held base unit and a cartridge or labcard that will carry out a Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction automatically, from sample preparation to an optical detection.

CiS
Elaboration of a miniature laboratory on a chip (Lab-on-chip) for real time PCR analysis of DNA is a research purpose of the Project „Biological sensor based on bioreactor PCR in LTCC technology”. It will be microsystem-based device, which consists of LTCC biochip with heating circuits and optical detection system utilizing fluorescence technique. This work is carried out for Escherichia Coli, which often occurs in water environment and constitutes a serious threat for animals and human health.

People involved:
Jan Dziuban, E-mailPersonal Website
Rafał Walczak, E-mailPersonal Website
Izabela Augustyniak, E-mailPersonal Website