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Researcher's Profile

2016.05 :  Moving Out

Lecturer

Masashi IKEUCHI

Medical Micromachine

Biography

2001.03
B.S., Engineering Science, Kyoto University
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2003.03
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Kyoto University
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2006.03
Ph.D., Micro-Nano Systems Engineering, Nagoya University
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2006.04
Researcher, Nagoya University
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2008.04
Research Assistant Professor, JST CREST Project (PI: K. Ikuta)
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2010.04
Research Assistant Professor, Global COE Project, Nagoya University
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2010.10
Assistant Professor, RCAST, The University of Tokyo (UTokyo)
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2010.10
PRESTO Researcher, JST (-2016.3)
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2015.08
Lecturer, RCAST, UTokyo
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2016.05
Moving Out

Research Interests

Conventional MEMS or Lab-on-a-chip devices are made of substrates having thicknesses relatively larger than the feature scale of the microfabricated components. On the other hand, the microscale tissues of natural creatures are composed of membranes that are relatively thin compared to their feature size. This fundamental architecture of biological microstructures, which is totally different from that of artificial microdevices, makes life a highly adaptable system from both chemical and physical perspectives. Inspired by the fact, we have proposed "3-D membrane microdevice" – a microdevice composed of very thin polymer membrane. The small thickness of the membrane enhances transport of heat and substances between the inside and the outside of the device, and it also provides softness to the device, enabling passive and active morphological changes. Our research topics range from microfabrication process of the 3-D membrane microdevice to its application in biomedical field.



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