Past Projects

A new device for non-invasive tissue biopsy

2003 | Peter So

A traditional endoscope is well suited for detection and intervention of disease. However, using it for diagnosis is an invasive and time-consuming... Read more

A simpler way to make microelectronic devices

2003 | Caroline Ross

Smart cards, smart sensors, merchandise tags - these are only a few of the many potential applications that could benefit from a simple, low-cost... Read more

Reusable Deformations For Computer Animation

2003 | Jovan Popovic

Pervasive in feature films, special effects, instructional videos, and computer games, animation has become a major part of our entertainment and... Read more

Exploiting Molecular Conformation Changes

2002 | Marco Baldo

One of the many compelling attractions of molecular semiconductors is their ability to change shape. That's why this project is so exciting: its... Read more

High Speed 3-D Imaging

2002 | Douglas Hart

This technology aims to convert any ordinary CCD camera (from microscopes to surveillance cameras) into a 3-D imaging system that can be used for... Read more

Tissue Engineering

2002 | Robert Langer and Elazer Edelman

Restoring, maintaining and improving tissue function has enormous market potential. In fact, it's estimated to be $80 billion annually in the USA... Read more

Carbon Nanotube Manufacturing

2002 | Sang-Gook Kim

After a decade of research, scientists know that carbon nanotubes hold the promise of creating novel devices such as single-electron transistors,... Read more

Automatically Generated System Specs

2002 | Michael Ernst

Complex systems are notoriously difficult to understand, control, and modify. And software systems pose a particular problem, because of their large... Read more

Label-free Detection Of Proteins

2002 | Scott R. Manalis and Alexander M. Klibanov

Whereas enormous strides have been made in detecting the makeup of DNA, the ability to selectively detect proteins remains fairly limited. This... Read more

The Nanogate: A Tunable MEMS LC Filter

2002 | Alexander Slocum and Jeffrey Lang

The Nanogate is a MEMS device capable of nanometer-scale control over separation of two millimeter-scale polished surfaces, resulting in aspect... Read more