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Associate Partners-Microsystems

“Working with microsystems faculty at the University of Maryland gave us the credibility to help win federal grants and to recruit highly-qualified and energetic new graduates.”
—Irv Weinberg, President, Weinberg Medical Physics

ISR Associate Partners may choose to work with faculty involved in ISR’s microsystems initiative. We bring together the expertise of more than 40 University of Maryland faculty across a diverse spectrum of microsystems technologies and applications. Microsystems faculty come from the disciplines of Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Neuroscience and Physics.

Areas of expertise

  • Micro- and nanofabrication processes (ALD, combinatorial CVD, nanowire growth, viral templating)
  • MEMS, NEMS and Microfluidics (silicon, GaAs, polymer devices)
  • Micro-energy systems (micro-combustion, nanobatteries, energy harvesters, ultracapacitors)
  • Bioanalytical systems (biofilm, DNA binding, cell studies, neural systems, lab-on-a-chip)
  • CMOS image sensors and circuits (low-noise imaging)
  • Reliability of MEMS (micro friction and wear studies)
  • Microrobotics and micro autonomous systems (micro hinges, locomotion, control algorithms)
  • Sensors and actuators (optical, bio, tactile sensors, micro-muscle actuators)
  • Embedded systems (smart memory allocation)
  • Low power mixed signal circuit design (adaptive circuits)
  • Nanoscale control (electrical, magnetic and fluidic quantum dot positioning, optical tweezers)
  • Modeling and simulation of micro- and nanosystems and their fabrication technologies (micro- and nanoassembly, microfluidics, electrostatics)


ISR has access to state-of-the-art laboratories in circuit design, microrobotics, systems engineering, controls, materials analysis, micro- and nanofabrication (10,000-square foot, class 1,000 clean room), cell biology, neurophysiology, device characterization, modeling and simulation, aerospace (wind tunnel and neutral buoyancy tank), and systems integration.

Collaboration examples

ISR researchers collaborate with both large and smaller companies. Here are a few examples of what can be accomplished when you team with us.

  • Innovative Biosensors, Inc. Developing a hand-held rapid and automated diagnostic instrument for Group B Streptococcus
  • Weinberg Medical Physics, LLC Quantum dot radiation detectors and medical application of magnetic guidance systems
  • Northrop Grumman GaN process sensing, simulation, and optimization produce advantage in high-power, high-frequency electronic materials
  • Resensys Wireless sensors monitor bridge structural integrity