UC Irvine Professor Andrei Shkel has received a $300,000 National Science Foundation EAGER (Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research) Award. The NSF’s EAGER funding supports exploratory work in its early stages on untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches.

A professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, and biomedical engineering, Shkel is investigating a new approach for a high-performance magnetometer set in a 10-square-centimeter microsystem. The proposed technology would be able to detect weak magnetic fields such as those produced by the brain, heart and other organs. Shkel envisions a hand-held device for personal healthcare, on-demand diagnostics and self-monitoring of diseases.

“There’s been an increasing interest in atomic microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) over the last five years,” says Shkel. “This research will advance scientific knowledge in the areas of innovative sensing concepts, signal processing, and system-level implementation.”

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