September 2000

The Center for Applied Microtechnology (CAM)

CAM is a joint research center between the University of Washington and the The Washington Technology Center.
Directors: Scott Dunham and R. Bruce Darling
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Nano and  micro technologies will dominate industrial growth of the next century with applications in areas from biology to optical telecommunications. Both are multidisciplinary fields embracing a large variety of basic competencies in materials, optics, processing and device manufacturing

CAM's focus and mission is to promote microtechnological  education, research, and industrial activity in the Pacific Northwest.
Research areas includes : 

  • Microfluidic Devices
  • Optical Chemical and Biological Sensors
  • Silicon Micromachining
  • Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)  and biomedical microsystems
  • Process monitoring sensors
  • Device modeling
  • Instrumentation and characterization
  • Modeling of fabrication and operation of microstructures
  • instrumentation and robotic devices for advanced surgery
  • Automation for genome analysis
  • Biomimetic Materials and Nanocharacterization
  • Electrodeposition of functional thin films and 3-D structures

The site provides information on Microtechnology courses , conferences, news and an extensive list of links to other microtechnology resources worldwide. It's  extremely easy to navigate. The main members of the center are presented in one page. From here you can have access to their lab page, publications and research interests.

Of special interest to Sol-Gel Community is the sub web devoted to soft lithography. Here you can learn more about  Microcontact Printing (µCP)
Microtransfer Molding (µTM) Micromolding In Capillaries (MIMIC) REplica Molding (REM) and Soft MicroFluidics (SMF). 
A set of selected Micrographs give you an insight of the potential of each processing technique. The educational role of this excellent web site doesn't stop here. A full process tutorial constituted of 13 pdf files can be downloaded for your personal training. It includes the following topics

If this is not enough and you still have difficulties of understanding the field, a glossary of terms used in the area will be of a great help.

This site is an excellent research and educational resources to microtechnology and related techniques.

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