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 micromechanical (MEMS) mass sensors for liquid media operation.
- Integration of the MEMS mass sensor with compact electronic readout circuitry in order to obtain a lab-on-chip platform.
- 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:

- Development of a portable setup for the measurement of the static deflection of MEMS sensors operating in the stress-mode.
- Selective immobilization of DNA probes on sensors for the detection of DNA hybridization.
- Integration of MEMS resonators with a frequency tracking circuit or oscillator.

Achieved Project Milestones:

- Reproducible fabrication of micromechanical (MEMS) resonators based on a-Si:H deposited on glass (2015).
- Integration of MEMS chips with microfluidics for fluid handling (2015).
- Improvement of MEMS chip design for improved electronic characterization (2016).
- Tuning of thin-film residual stress – important for correct sensor 3D conformation and performance (2016).
- Preparing a setup for the measurement of static deflection of MEMS sensors operating on the stress-mode (2017).

Teaching and Divulgation Activities:

- Participation in the European Researchers’ Night (2017).
- Supervision of a Master Student: Pedro Brito (2017).
- Supervision of MEMS experiments involving students of the Advanced Experimental Physics IST course (2016).
- Supervision of a Master Student: Michael Kraus (2015).


- Vibrations and Noise course (IST) completed (2017).
- General Doctoral Formation course (IST) completed (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).