NFK welcomes Dr. Roseann Runte, President of CFI

Sept. 11, 2017

NanoFabrication Kingston and CMC Microsystems were pleased to welcome Dr. Roseann Runte, newly appointed president of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and Dr. Pierre Normand, CFI’s VP (Communications), who toured NFK’s lab at Innovation Park on Monday, Sept. 11.

Three of the lab’s principal users at Queen’s University, Dr. Carlos Escobedo (Chemical Engineering), Dr. Robert Knobel (Physics) and Dr. Richard Oleschuk (Chemistry), were on hand to show Dr. Runte some of the leading-edge research that is being made possible through the CFI-funded lab’s facilities and expertise. Dr. Runte was welcomed by Dr. Ian McWalter, President & CEO of CMC Microsystems, which manages the lab.

Dr. Runte also met with graduate student Prashant Agrawal (supervised by Dr. Oleschuk), who demonstrated how he is using the lab’s laser etching machine to create superhydrophobic patterned microfluidic devices enabling chemical analysis using extremely small amounts of sample.

Another graduate student, Josh Raveendran of Dr. Aris Docoslis’s lab in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s, displayed a novel silicon chip developed at NFK that is the core technology of a new startup company, Spectra Plasmonics.

And graduate student Saeed Rismani Yazdi (supervised by Dr. Escobedo) showed Dr. Runte novel microfluidic devices made from a silicone material using a master mould fabricated at the NFK lab by photolithography techniques. These chips enable the study of the behaviour of bacteria using magnetized chips.

Also demonstrating the lab’s capabilities were students Kasia Donovan and Leo Mahlberg, who were being trained on the Oxford Lasers micromachining system that day.

To commemorate her visit, NFK lab manager Graham Gibson presented Dr. Runte with an engraved “micro-plaque”. Measuring just 20 mm by 20 mm, the tiny chip was created by laser ablation using the Oxford Lasers micromachining system in the NFK lab.