A new book edited by Hongrui Jiang, the Lynn H. Matthias Professor and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in electrical and computer engineering, describes exciting recent developments in the technologies behind instruments that, for example, count single cells for clinical diagnoses or detect explosive chemicals to keep people safe. The book, Optical MEMS for Chemical Analysis and Biomedicine, was published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology on May 23, 2016.
The existing literature about combined optical and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) largely lost sight of the engineering in favor of their potential applications. Rather than explain the inner workings of a cell-sorter, reports tended to describe the biology of the cells after emerging from the machine. This new publication, by contrast, focuses on advances in the tools themselves, and outlines potential areas for improvement.
With 12 chapters encompassing topics from quantum dots to optical tweezers, the book features perspectives from numerous leading researchers, including Jiang himself.
“It was fun to get a good grasp of what’s going on in the field and recruit the authors,” says Jiang. “I’m hoping the book will plant the seed for more collaboration focusing on these technologies.”
Author: Sam Million-Weaver