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NanoRobotics Laboratory
Laboratory

Phone: (514) 340-4711 Ext. 5029 Fax: (514) 340-5280 Room: M-4505
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Research areas description

The main research focus of the Laboratory is to pioneer in the development of new instrumented platforms and techniques through nanorobotics by exploiting the unique properties of molecular scale entities. The main areas of applications are in medicine and bioengineering, including supporting new robotic platforms for nanomanufacturing or high-throughput automatic operations at the nanoscale. To link the nanoscale to the human scale, complex instrumented platforms unique in the world are being developed in a highly interdisciplinary environment composed of teams of researchers and graduated students with backgrounds ranging from medicine, microbiology, physics, chemistry, fluid dynamics, material sciences, and nanotechnology, to micromechanics, microelectronics, software, and computer engineering, to name but a few.

Research staff

Professors / researchers (2)
Number of graduate students: 10
Number of research agents: 4

Specialized equipment

• 32 computer stations connected to a network with access to several computer-based software packages required for research and development in various disciplines (mechanics, electronics, etc.) • Mechanical workshop • Small chemistry laboratory • Biology section with incubation, microscopy, and particles counting facilities • Electronics circuit boards prototyping facility consisting of a computer-based Protomat 95S/II plotter and an electroplating platform • Several custom computer-based platforms for nanorobotics research • Custom environmental platform for Helium and/or Nitrogen-based cooling • Custom class 10 (clean room) chamber with automatic environmental control • Custom 3G acceleration, 300 nanometers precision robotic platform with laser sensors • 0.1 nanometer precision robotic platform • Computer-controlled optical microscopy platform with robotic, imaging, and custom software modules • A 1.5 T Siemens Magnetom Sonata clinical MRI system with various antennas and custom software modules • Additional custom gradient coils for 3D propulsion of small ferromagnetic particles in capillaries • Additional custom 3D coils system for magnetic bacteria swimming direction control • Pumps, infrared camera for hyperthermia applications, motion detection systems for real-time registration • One computer room with various electronic systems, two sets of MRI amplifiers, and cooling systems • One control room with several computer consoles connected to the main facility network • One assembly room with platforms for the development of 3D phantoms • One room for biology • A Resonetics Excimer laser system

News about NanoRobotics Laboratory

NEWS | July 26, 2017
Professor Martel’s works get support from Movember Foundation and Prostate Cancer Canada | Read
NEWS | March 3, 2017
Professor Sylvain Martel and his team at the Polytechnique Montréal Nanorobotics Laboratory win the 2016 Québec Science Discovery of the Year People’s Choice award | Read
NEWS | August 24, 2016
Polytechnique Montréal’s Nanorobotics Laboratory unveils a one-of-a-kind medical interventional infrastructure | Read
NEWS | August 15, 2016
Legions of nanorobots target cancerous tumours with precision | Read

Press review about NanoRobotics Laboratory

October 5, 2017, MSN, Le seigneur des nanos Des agents nanorobotiques thérapeutiques à action ciblée : le parcours de Sylvain Martel, Directeur du laboratoire de NanoRobotique de Polytechnique Montréal
September 15, 2017, PLAN, Recherche contre le cancer - La guerre est déclarée Des agents nanorobotiques thérapeutiques à action ciblée : une percée scientifique réalisée par l'équipe du Laboratoire de nanorobotique de Polytechnique Montréal, dirigée par l'ingénieur Sylvain Martel et couronnée du prix Génie innovation 2017 de l'Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. (page 30 à 32).
September 1, 2017, Sélection du Reader's Digest, La fin du cancer? Sylvain Martel, professeur titulaire au Département de génie informatique et génie logiciel, et Directeur du laboratoire de NanoRobotique de Polytechnique Montréal, est en couverture du magazine Reader's Digest (Sélection).
August 30, 2017, Radio-Canada, Médium large - La revue des magazines de Vincent Bolduc Le seigneur des Nanos : Sylvain Martel, professeur titulaire au Département de génie informatique et génie logiciel, et Directeur du laboratoire de NanoRobotique de Polytechnique Montréal, est en couverture du magazine Reader's Digest (10:40).