Selective Weighing of Individual Microparticles Using a Hybrid Micromanipulator-Nanomechanical Resonator System

Chan B., Icoz K. , Gieseck R. L. , Savran C. A.

IEEE SENSORS JOURNAL, vol.13, no.8, pp.2857-2862, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/jsen.2013.2262269
  • Title of Journal : IEEE SENSORS JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.2857-2862


We report a system based on a combination of a micromanipulator and a cantilever-based differential resonator for selecting and weighing individual micro-scale particles. Instead of relying on probabilistic attachment of particles on sensor surfaces, the system can specifically select and weigh individual micro-entities. The micromanipulator is able to move particles from a native media to the surface of a resonator that can weigh particles with pg-level resolution. The system allows individually manipulating and weighing a wide variety of entities that can be visualized under a microscope, ranging from cell spheres to spore clusters and single diatom algae.