About the Technology

About the Technology

The 2017-2018 Y-Prize competition features two new nano-scale tools developed by Penn researchers.

Carbon Nanopipettes

Nanopipette injecting cells

Carbon nanopipettes (CNPs) are pulled capillary glass tubes terminating with a carbon nanopipe. The diameter ranges from hundreds of nanometers to as small as 10 nanometers. The CNP technology addresses a central problem of nanotechnology – the interface between nanostructures and macroscopic handles.

CNPs are small enough to penetrate a single cell with minimal damage, and can be used as nanoinjectors and/or nanoelectrodes for, among other things, individual cell studies.

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Nanopipette injecting cells

Nanotribological Printing

Nanoscale additive manufacturing, a small-scale analog to 3D printing, offers the potential to transform the fabrication of nanoscale devices and sensors.

Nanotribological printing (NTP) is a unique and versatile nano-additive manufacturing method. The technique was recently developed at Penn for printing non-planar nanostructures with exceptional mechanical properties. NTP offers the ability to additively pattern complex structures from diverse materials using readily available systems and tools.

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