MEMS Sensors and Generators for Biosensing Applications
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Title: MEMS Sensors and Generators for Biosensing Applications

Speaker: Mustafa İlker Beyaz

Date/Time: October 21, 2015, 13:40, FENS G032

Place: FENS G032

Abstract: The advancements in Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and biomedical engineering research open up new horizons for next-generation biosensing applications. Novel sensing strategies combined with engineered microgenerators can lead to self-sustaining biomedical devices, and redefine the role of biosensors in our lives. This talk will summarize our efforts in this direction, and provide a snapshot of our four ongoing research projects. Initially, a MEMS spirometer/respiration harvester will be presented. The device is designed to monitor the type and extent of lung malfunctions as well as to extract energy from respiration for selfpowering capability. Next, an implantable microgenerator capable of harvesting the available kinetic energy within the body for electronic bioimplants will be introduced. The talk will then focus on a lab-on-a-chip sensor for sterilization monitoring, which is a common practice performed at medical institutions. The future commercial development of such sensors is expected to reduce the time and cost for the sterilization of medical tools. Finally, a solid state nanopore sensor for rapid DNA sequencing will be presented.

Bio: Mustafa İlker Beyaz received his B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in 2005. He started his graduate studies at the MEMS Sensors and Actuators Laboratory at the University of Maryland, College Park, and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees on the development of micromotors and microgenerators in 2008 and 2011, respectively. He joined the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Antalya International University in 2011, where he leads research activities in the field of MEMS. His research interests lie primarily in the design and development of microsystems for power conversion and energy harvesting, development of biological sensors and actuators, and the application of nanostructured materials to MEMS devices. Dr. Beyaz is a member of the IEEE society, and served on the technical program committee of Power MEMS and IEEE Sensors conferences. He is also serving as a peer reviewer for major MEMS journals.