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 lab



UNIM (NanoRobotic Medical Intervention Unit)

Siemens Magnetom Skyra 3T MRI system

Two-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 Ultra

Handling robot and transfer table


CIOS Alpha

X-ray and fluoroscopy (20cm*20cm)


EkoHeat 65kW/100kHz

Induction heating system with applicator ~20cm


MRI-compatible pulse oximeter

Vital signs monitoring


Animal supply facility

Equipped 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 magnetometer

Portable magnetic field measuring system


CNC milling machine (EMCO PC Mill 55)

Precision milling of small parts


Chemical fume hood

Protection against toxic fumes


Biological safety cabinet

Protection 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


Multiphoton 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 laboratory

Two (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



Cleaning and cavitation


Precision balance (Scientech SA120)

Substance weight measuring


Deionized water (Milliport Milli-Q)

Ultra-pure water source


Mechanical shaker

Liquid mixer


Vortex (Genie-2)

Liquid mixer


pH meter (Orion 5 Stars)

pH measuring


Minicentrifuge (Accuspin Micro)

Solution concentration


Biological safety cabinet

Sterile environment work


Ultrasonic bath

Parts cleaning

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