Rui Pinto – AIM Fellow 2015

Rui Pinto_AIM 2015


Rui Pinto has undergraduate degrees (bachelor and master) in Biomedical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon.

His PD-FCT AIM project is entitled “Thin-film MEMS and NEMS for biosensing applications”. This project takes place at INESC MN and INL. The thesis is supervised by João Pedro Conde (INESC MN and Department of Bioengineering of Técnico) and co-supervised by João Gaspar (INL). His doctoral program started on October 1st 2015.

Project Goals:

- Development of a micromechanical (MEMS) mass sensor operating in liquid media.
- Integration of the MEMS mass sensor with compact electronic readout circuitry.
- Apply the MEMS mass sensor to biosensing: the specific detection of molecules of interest (biomarkers for medical diagnosis, food contaminants, environmental pollutants, etc.)

Ongoing activities:

- Optimization of MEMS resonators for liquid operation.
- Integration of MEMS resonators with a frequency tracking circuit.
- Exploring alternative MEMS actuation/excitation mechanisms: external magnetic actuation (jointly with the Material Physics Institute of the University of Porto-IFIMUP)

Past activities:

- Supervision of MEMS experiments involving students of the Advanced Experimental Physics IST course (2016).
- Attended a pressure sensor microfabrication course: Summer School at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern, Germany.
- Teaching and scientific communication course (IST) completed (2016).
- Bioentrepreneurship course (IST) completed (2016).
- Integration of MEMS resonators chips with microfluidics for fluid handling (2015).