Porous Nanocrystalline Silicon Membranes
The Nanomembrane Research Group (NRG) focuses on the development and application of a novel nanomaterial called porous nanocrystalline silicon (pnc-Si). The membranes are mass produced on silicon wafers in a variety of form factors at low cost. The thinness, strength, pore size characteristics, and economics of pnc-Si membranes are enabling a variety new devices in microfluidics, precision biomolecule separation, and cell culture.
A transmission electron micrograph showing the pores (white spaces) and nanocrystals (dark spaces) that define the 15 nm thick nanoporous membrane.
Researcher: James L. McGrath, Ph.D.
Cell Motility and Quantitative light microscopy