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Microsystems research awarded

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
The journal Microsystems & Nanoengineering recently recognized Professor Sameer Sonkusale and team members from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering for excellence in two papers published by the journal.
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Alum Aydin Sadeqi, EG20, former postdoctoral fellow Hojatollah Rezaei Nejad, and Professor Sameer Sonkusale were among the authors on a celebrated paper about microneedle fabrication.

Professor Sameer Sonkusale and collaborators from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering were recently recognized by the Nature journal Microsystems & Nanoengineering for research excellence. The team's paper titled "Low-cost and cleanroom-free fabrication of microneedles," published in the journal in 2018, was selected as an outstanding paper. Detailed in the paper, the researchers devised a method to produce microneedles arrays of tiny needles that deliver medication through the skin without causing pain without cleanrooms, using readily available materials and equipment. Authors from the Tufts Nano Lab were postdoctoral fellow Hojatollah Rezaei Nejad; PhD alumnus Aydin Sadeqi, EG20; MS alumnus Gita Kiaee, EG18; and Sonkusale.

The paper titled "A toolkit of thread-based microfluidics, sensors, and electronics for 3D tissue embedding for medical diagnostics," published in 2016, was selected as a highly cited paper of Microsystems & Nanoengineering. The research team reported on thread-based microfluidic networks that work with biological tissue in three dimensions, and demonstrated a suite of integrated physical and chemical sensors connected to electronic circuitry. The authors were PhD alumnus Pooria Mostafalu, EG15; Mohsen Akbari and Ali Khademhosseini of Harvard Medical School’s Biomaterials Innovation Research Center, the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology, and Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering; PhD alumnus Kyle Alberti, EG15; Associate Professor Qiaobing Xu; and Sonkusale.

With a focus on micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and nanotechnology, Microsystems & Nanoengineering is the first engineering journal co-published by the Nature Publishing Group and the Institute of Electronics of Chinese Academy of Sciences. It publishes leading innovative research in microsystems and nanoengineering.