Thanks to the signing of the agreement between the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, the Mask Aligner equipment located in the Microfab and Microscopy Characterization Facilities will be renewed. This acquisition, scheduled for the first quarter of 2020, will be co-financed by the FEDER of the 2014-2020 multiregional operational program in Spain.
The new Mask Alginer equipment will be used to carry out photolithography processes. These processes are used in the manufacture of microfluidic and microelectronic devices such as Lab-on-a-Chip. This facility will replace the current system and will allow a better response to the needs present in the area of research and development of bioengineering devices, biomedicine and the development of diagnostic systems.
This will reduce the manufacturing time of the mentioned devices, moreover improving their quality. In addition, the self-service operating system of the Facilities will be enhanced, given that it will give researchers more autonomy.
According to Isabel Oliveira, Head of Core Facilities: “We have obtained this co-financing for the purchase of this equipment, because our Facilities Microfab and Microscopy Characterization, are part of a distributed ICTS (Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructure) called NANBIOSIS.”