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NanoRite to be used for biosensing research

David Klemer will use his new tenancy at NanoRite to pursue “research on microelectronic devices for biosensing applications.”

Klemer expects to use gallium arsenide seminconductors, a technology pioneered by Chippewa Falls native Seymour Cray.

Klemer is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Klemer holds both Ph.D. and M.D. degrees. He will join Brad Pietz, director of product development for Blood Center of Wisconsin’s Diagnostic Laboratories. The joint project is funded in part by the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Dr. Klemer believes the NanoRite Center is ideal for prototype device fabrication. “The availability of analytical tools such as scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy, as well as biological wet labs in the same location, allows for design and development of interesting and novel devices which span disciplinary boundaries,” Klemer said.

Disposable devices hold promise for greatly reducing the cost of lab tests, perhaps down to pennies, Klemer believes.

Microelectronics “become cheaper and cheaper as you get them smaller and smaller,” Klemer told the Leader-Telegram.
The addition of staff depends upon the commercial viability of the devices fabricated. Dr. Klemer will be assisted by Kurt Carlson, a Chippewa Valley Technical College nanoscience technology graduate.

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