Noelle Elizabeth Boltz


Presentation: 10:45-12:00, Kennedy Union Ballroom



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Silicon semiconductor chips utilizing label-free optical methods can achieve multiplexed sensing of multiple biomarkers of several potential cancers, infections and diseases in a single measurement in real time with a few microliters of sample fluid. However, commercial benchtop optical instruments are often prohibitively expensive, hindering global adoption. The sensors offer high specificity detection down to sub-nanogram levels, enabling early diagnosis of cancers, infectious diseases, and pollutants. Combined with affordable instruments and silicon photonic chips, they could transform global rapid testing, even in remote, low-resource settings. To further facilitate its global application, this project has been focused on designing a compact, durable packaging solution that enables the sensor-equipped device to be easily integrated into testing stations. This design includes internal mechanisms that swiftly direct fluid samples across the photonic chip, enhancing the device's practicality and shipping feasibility to diverse regions.

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Project Designation

Course Project - EGR 398 01

Primary Advisor

Swapnajit Chakravarty, Scott J. Schneider, Yujie Yang

Primary Advisor's Department

Electro-Optics and Photonics


Stander Symposium, School of Engineering

Institutional Learning Goals

Practical Wisdom; Scholarship

Handheld Packaged Photonic Sensor for Chem-Bio Sensing