Joao Pedro Conde

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Thin-film MEMS bridges as micro-resonators have proven attractive for various sensing applications (acceleration, mass, chemical, pressure, etc.) by using frequency shift as a basis for sensing [1]. Low-temperature processing of amorphous-silicon (a-Si:H) enables low-cost fabrication of high-Q MEMS bridges having excellent compatibility with CMOS post(More)
71 hydrogen plasma treatment 3.6 SUMMARY Room temperature exposure to a RF hydrogen plasma can dramatically reduce the thermal budget for the crystallization of PECVD a-Si:H films. The hydrogen plasma treatment changes the microstructure of the q-Si:Hat the surface, and depletes hydrogen from the surface of the film. The plasma treatment creates seed nuclei(More)
Although, the precise molecular mechanisms underlying Parkinson's disease (PD) are still elusive, it is now known that spreading of alpha-synuclein (aSyn) pathology and neuroinflammation are important players in disease progression. Here, we developed a novel microfluidic cell-culture platform for studying the communication between two different cell(More)
—Thin-film MEMS resonators fabricated at low temperatures can be processed on CMOS ICs, forming high-sensitivity transducers within complete sensing systems. A key focus for the MEMS devices is increasing the resonant frequency, enabling, among other benefits, operation at atmospheric pressure. However , at increased frequencies, parasitics associated with(More)
As a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men globally, prostate cancer (PCa) demands immense attention for theranostic purposes. There is an increasing need for the development of rapid, sensitive, economical, miniaturized and multiplexable assays. Towards this goal, we present a systematic approach for the optimisation of a microfluidic sandwich(More)
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