The OMI lab focuses on organic chemistry and nano-biosensors. “We don’t manufacture the nanowires.” Ph.D. candidate Anping Cao uses silicon nanowires as gas sensors in her research. Each wire can detect a different gas or vapour. When bunched together, it can work like a real nose.
“The engineers around us make stuff and we use it,” says Ph.D. candidate Aldo Brinkman. His research on silicon nanowires in liquid could potentially be put to use in lifelike prosthetics, where the nanowires would work as bioelectric interfaces between the body part and the prosthetic.