NanoRobotics Laboratory

Polytechnique Montréal, Montréal, Québec
What the facility does

Use of nanotechnology for robotic platforms aimed at tumour targeting and vascular system navigation tools

Areas of expertise

The research team has developed unique expertise in the application of magnetic fields aimed at targeted delivery of cancer-treatment medication. Its expertise also encompasses related fields, namely the production of therapeutic vectors such as FeCo magnetic nanoparticles encapsulated in PLGO microparticles and liposomes loaded with medications attached to ultra-performing magnetotactic bacteria. The team has also developed expertise in complex robotic systems and specialized medical tools such as MRI navigation, magnetic catheters, magnetic monopole generators, imaging and image resetting technologies, manufacturing of microfluidic polymer circuits and realization of full in vivo procedures.

Research services

Human-scale medical nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMRI) with varied imaging sequences for the head / back / legs, animal supply facility (mice, rats, rabbits, pigs) with an operating room, magnetosome and bacterial culture production laboratory, 3D nanomanufacturing of photosensitive polymers, CNC machining, optical microscopy with visible light, microfluidic and electronic circuit manufacturing

Sectors of application
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
Specialized labEquipmentFunction
UNIM (NanoRobotic Medical Intervention Unit)Siemens Magnetom Skyra 3T MRI systemTwo-source, 64-receiver-channel RF transmission system and antenna assembly to cover the whole body
 MRI/NMR console (Tecmag Redstone 0-128 MHz, 1 Tx, 4 Rx)Programmable MRI console
 VNA, SVG and SVA RT analysis system (National Instruments)Test platform for RF antennae and microwave circuits up to 6GHz
  Kuka KR300 Quantec UltraHandling robot and transfer table
 CIOS AlphaX-ray and fluoroscopy (20cm*20cm)
 EkoHeat 65kW/100kHzInduction heating system with applicator ~20cm
 MRI-compatible pulse oximeterVital signs monitoring
 Animal supply facilityEquipped with cage racks (mice, rats, rabbits, pigs), biological safety cabinet, ventilated surgery table, MRI-compatible anaesthesia
NanoRobotics Laboratory

Optical microscope (Zeiss Axio Imager Z1 m)


Inspection microscope with all contrast options
 Clean glove box (Terra Universal series 100)Clean-handling enclosure
 Binocular microscope (Zeiss Stemi)Binocular inspection
 Three power sources (Sorensen 200 A)High-voltage source used to power electromagnets
 3D magnetometerPortable magnetic field measuring system
 CNC milling machine (EMCO PC Mill 55)Precision milling of small parts
 Chemical fume hoodProtection against toxic fumes
 Biological safety cabinetProtection against contamination
 Circuit board plotter (LPKF Protomat 92 s/II)Printed circuit board fabrication
 Hot press (LPKF MultiPress II)Multi-layer printed circuit board fabrication
 Magnet shaker (Labworks ET-139)Vibration test bench
 High-voltage source (Bertan 230 series)Multi-purpose high-voltage source
 Vacuum oven (Isotemp 281A)Material annealing and degassing
 Logic analysis system (Agilent 16702 B)Digital signals validation
NanoFabricationMultiphoton structuring device (LZH M3DL)3D printer with 1um resolution
 Three linear stages (Aerotech ABL1000)Fast 3D positioning
 Femtosecond laser (KMLabs Griffin-3W)2PP writing system source
Cell culture laboratoryTwo (2) 10L instrumented fermenters (Infors)Microorganism culture
 Instrumented 40L fermenter (Infors)Microorganism culture
 Inverted microscope with colour camera (Ziess Axiovert Z1)Basic inspection microscope
 Cooled centrifuge (Sorval RT+)Solution concentration

Rotary evaporator (Buchi vacuum controller D850 Rotavap R215 heating bath D491)

Homogenizer (Polytron PT6100)

Solution concentration
 SonicatorCleaning and cavitation
 Precision balance (Scientech SA120)Substance weight measuring
 Deionized water (Milliport Milli-Q)Ultra-pure water source
 Mechanical shakerLiquid mixer
 Vortex (Genie-2)Liquid mixer
 pH meter (Orion 5 Stars)pH measuring
 Minicentrifuge (Accuspin Micro)Solution concentration
 Biological safety cabinetSterile environment work
 Ultrasonic bathParts cleaning
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