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Dr Cadarso is a world-leading researcher in applied micro and nanotechnologies including photonics and micro-optics, microfluidics integration, mechanical systems, biosensors and (bio)surface engineering. He gained his PhD from the department of physics at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Dr Cadarso was a Marie Curie Fellow from 2009-2012, looking at applications orientated micro and nano-technologies. He then moved to the Paul Scherrer Institute as Ambzione Fellow, to further his training in nanophotonics for sensing applications and lab-on-chip applications. Dr Cadarso moved to Monash University in 2016 as a senior lecturer, in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering, he also joined the Centre to Impact AMR in 2020, as a founding member and currently is a member of the Comunity engagement and Industry strategic groups.

During his career, Dr Cadarso has established novel technologies that have led to: the development of novel devices that did not exist before (such as SU-8 based MOEMS), he has actively contributed to the creation of novel commercial products (i.e. polymers commercialised by micro resist technology GmbH), the invention of patents that have being commercially exploited and the foundation of two high tech micro/nanotechnology based start-ups, demonstrating that his work not only has had an impact in the research community (validated by the high quality of his publications) but it has also had a significant impact in the real world.

Currently Dr Cadarso leads the Applied Micro and Nano-Technology Lab and his research is focused in the advancement of life sciences and biomedical engineering, by developing novel micro/nano-systems and platforms by means of advanced fabrication methods enabling de development of complex features and 3D structures with high resoltion and precession. This allows him to interact, analyse and engineer biological systems at the micro- and nanoscale. Concretely, he uses these systems to better understand and find solutions for: i) Complex medical issues, such as preventing metastasis or the rise of antimicrobial resistance to antibiotics; ii) Enable new medical approaches that are easy to access, safe and affordable for everyone, such as sustainable regenerative medicine and; iii) Contribute to reverse climate change, i.e. by helping to reduce the emission of methane to the atmosphere by farm animals. 

Research interests

The Applied Micro and Nanotechnology Lab was created in November 2016 in the frame of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Monash University. This new laboratory aims to use the most advance technologies and to develop novel process chains to address current challenges both in research and industrial applications, with a special focus on biological applications, photonics, microoptics, sensing platforms and functional smart surfaces. Our target is to develop scalable customer based technologies that and to develop integrated systems in accord to the specified applications.   
Key research areas: Microtechnology, Nanotechnology, Silicon, polymers, nanoreplication, surface engineering, photonics, microoptics, lab-on-a-chip, biosensors, chemical sensors, MEMS, MOEMS, biosurfaces, anti-microbial surfaces.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research area keywords

  • Nanotechnology
  • Photonics
  • Sensors
  • Biosensors
  • Micro-optics
  • Polymers
  • Microsystems
  • MEMS

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