IB Design Technology Visits BioNIUM

The IB Design Technology classes attended a field trip last week to the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute at the University Of Miami (BioNIUM) at their Life Science Technology Building.
The IB Design Technology classes attended a field trip last week to the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute at the University Of Miami (BioNIUM) at their Life Science Technology Building.  Students had the opportunity to discuss start-ups and patents with Dr. Bin Yan, the Director of the Office of Technology Transfer at UM. They then had the opportunity to visit the Physiomimetic Microsystems Laboratory where students learned about organ mimic platforms, colloquially called “organ on a chip”, for drug therapy discovery and for modeling of different diseases.

Additionally, students visited the Nanofabrication Facility, where they dressed in cleanroom garments to visit both the Class 1000 Nanofabrication Processing Clean Room and the Class 100 Photolithography Clean Room. Students learned about nanofabrication techniques, typically used in the biomedical, semiconductor, and electronic industries, including thin film deposition, film etching, and photolithography. They were able to use the scanning electron microscope (SEM), where images as small as 10 nanometers were visible.  For perspective, a human hair is 80,000 to 100,000 nm wide.

Each student took home a silicon wafer printed with their names and the UM and Carrollton school logos using nanofabrication techniques. Thank you to Dr. Sylvia Daunert, Associate Director of BioNIUM, Melissa Dietrick, Sr. Administrative Assistant at BioNIUM, and Kevin Luongo, the Nanofab Facility Manager, for welcoming our students! For more information about BioNIUM, please visit http://bionium.miami.edu/
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