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Professor Saif Islam Receives NSF Partnerships for Innovation Award

August 15, 2014

ECE Professor Saif Islam is collaborating with Jim Olson from the Graduate School of Management (GSM) and the Engineering Translational Technology Center (ETTC) on the project “Micro and Nanofabricated Semiconductor and Ceramic Blade Arrays for Surgical and Hair Removal Applications.” This Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research (PFI: AIR) Technology Translation project focuses on translating atomically sharp disposable surgical blades through standard semiconductor processing techniques used by the microelectronics industries in Silicon Valley. The technology will address the need for low cost blades used in cataract surgery, tissue cutting and hair removal applications. The project will enable high-throughput manufacturing of ultra-sharp semiconductor and ceramic based cutting tools with associated safety features and potential integration of a variety of electrical, optical and mechanical sensors that are not possible in metal based blade platforms.