Sun, Yu

Professor and Canada Research Chair, Micro & Nano Engineering Systems

MS (Minnesota), PhD (Minnesota), FCSME, FEIC, FASME, FCAE, FIEEE, PEng

Main Appointments

  • Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Additional Appointments

  • Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information

Office: Mechanical Building (MC), 5 King’s College Road, Room 419

+1 416 946-0549 (office)
sun@mie.utoronto.ca (email)


Research Themes

Research Interests

My group designs and constructs enabling micro and nanosystems (e.g., micro-nanorobotic systems and MEMS/microfluidic devices) for automated operation at the micro and nanometer scales. We manipulate, characterize, and sense biological cells, biomolecules, and nanomaterials for both fundamental studies (e.g., molecule screen and genetics) and clinical/industrial applications (IVF, rare cell isolation, and precision instrumentation for industrial automation).

Example areas are: design and fabrication of MEMS and NEMS (micro-nanoelectromechanical systems); bioMEMS, sensors, actuators, and microfluidic devices; microrobotics and optical microscopy; nanorobotics and electron microscopy; computer vision microscopy; automation at the micro-nanometer scales; cellular biophysics and mechanobiology.

Select Publications

M. Moscovici, W.Y. Chien, M. Abdelgawad, and Y. Sun, “Electrical power free, low dead volume, pressure driven pumping for microfluidic applicaitons,” Biomicrofluidics, Vol. 4, pp. 046501, 2010.

Z. Lu, C. Moraes, G. Ye, C.A. Simmons, and Y. Sun, “Single cell deposition and patterning with a robotic system,” PLoS ONE, Vol. 5, e13542, 2010.

X.Y. Liu, R. Fernandes, A. Jurisicova, R. Casper, and Y. Sun, “In-situ mechanical characterization of mouse oocytes using a cell holding device,” Lab on a Chip, Vol. 10, pp. 2154, 2010.

C.H. Ru, Y. Zhang, Y. Sun, Y. Zhong, X.L. Sun, D. Hoyle, and I. Cotton, “Automated four-point probe measurement of nanowires inside a scanning electron microscope,” IEEE Trans. on Nanotechnology, DOI: 10.1109/TNANO.2010.2065236, 2010.

C. Moraes, G.H. Wang, Y. Sun, and C. Simmons, “A microfabricated platform for high-throughput unconfined compression of micropatterned biomaterial arrays,” Biomaterials, Vol. 31, pp. 577-84, 2010.

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