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Center for Innovative Instrumentation Technology (CiiT)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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CiiT Focuses on the use of Nanotechnology Sensor Platforms, such as optical/chemical biosensors, microelectronic sensors, imaging modalities, smartphone-based sensors, and micro/nanofluidics in the application areas of Life Science Tools, Agricultural Systems, Food Safety Sensors, and Mobile Systems.

Center Mission and Rationale

Nanotechnology is finding many new applications in the biological sciences, including food production, food safety, pharmaceutical high throughput screening, drug delivery, point-of-care diagnostics, and disease diagnosis.  The goal of the CiiT IUCRC is to bring together industrial interests in this multidisciplinary field, and to support research projects with broad applicability across many markets.

Research program


Sensor technologies with the ability to detect cancer biomarkers in blood at concentrations below 1 pg/ml  in a multiplexed fashion will serve as a noninvasive early diagnostic approach.  Sensor technologies that can be incorporated into the intensive care unit can provide real time diagnostic information on patient metabolic status, infection, and intravenous drug delivery monitoring.


Biosensor technologies with the ability to detect pathogens in food supplies and chemical sensor technologies with the ability to detect trace quantities of contaminants in pharmaceutical manufacturing pipelines are important thrusts for CABPN.

Pharmaceutical Screening

New tools are needed to screen for the potential efficacy of the natural products of plants, fungi, and bacteria as pharmaceuticals.  Technologies for monitoring the effects of these extracts upon cancer cells, and normal cells in a high throughput quantitative fashion will help to more rapidly identify promising leads.

Facilities and Laboratory

The CiiT IUCRC is able to draw upon the rich research infrastructure of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Laboratories involved in CABPN include:

1.  The Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory

2.  Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

3.  Coordinated Science Laboratory

4.  Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory

5.  Institute for Genomic Biology



University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
208 North Wright Street

Urbana, Illinois, 61801

United States