Ronen Polsky

Principal Member of the Technical Staff

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Principal Member of the Technical Staff

(505) 845-3672

Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico
P.O. Box 5800
Albuquerque, NM 87185-0892


Ronen Polsky’s research activities are focused on the fundamental principles and fabrication of devices related to chemical and biological sensors. State of the art microfabrication techniques allow miniaturization of electronic components and integration of sensing transducers to create portable sensors with advanced multi-functional capabilities. Polsky and his team have demonstrated the ability to create high density microelectrode array chips that are individually addressable for the simultaneous multiplexed detection of diverse biomolecules such as DNA, proteins, and small molecules. Recently, they have pioneered the use of microneedles for minimally invasive medical diagnostics. Wearable health monitors represent a new paradigm for continuous real-time point of care diagnostics that can bring the laboratory to the field which has major implications in both public health and national defense arenas.


Bachelor’s Degree: Chemistry, New Mexico State University (1991-1996)

Master’s Degree: Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University (1996-1998)

Doctoral Degree: Chemistry, New Mexico State University (1999-2005)

Postdoctoral Fellowships: Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2005-2006)

During Polsky’s my master’s studies, he worked in a laboratory exclusively devoted to the sonochemical preparation of nanoparticles. His thesis emphasis was the preparation of II-VI, III-V inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals. His Ph.D. and postdoctoral work focused on nanomaterial-based electronic detection of biomolecules. This includes the electrochemical detection of DNA and proteins using metal nanoparticle labels.

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Ronen Polsky, (2019). Transdermal Microneedle Sensors Publication ID: 69182

Ronen Polsky, (2019). Transdermal Microneedles to Monitor Performance and Health Publication ID: 68010

Stephen Anthony, Philip Miller, Jerilyn Timlin, Ronen Polsky, (2019). Imaging effectiveness calculator for non-design microscope samples Applied Optics Publication ID: 65323

Ronen Polsky, X. Xiao, D.B. Burckel, Thomas Beechem, Jeremy Michaels, C.M. Washburn, S.M. Brozik, D.R. Wheeler, (2018). Lithographically Defined Electrodes Publication ID: 60234

Philip Miller, Steven Branda, Ronen Polsky, Justin Baca, (2018). Extraction and biomolecular analysis of dermal interstitial fluid collected with hollow microneedles Communications Biology Publication ID: 80709

Philip Miller, Jason Sammon, Ronen Polsky, Nathaniel Pfeifer, Eric Ackerman, (2018). Microneedle Sensors for in situ Measurements in Sorghum Publication ID: 61077

Ronen Polsky, (2018). Electrochemical Detection of Single Molecules in Nanogap Electrode Fluidic Devices Publication ID: 58666

Philip Miller, Ronen Polsky, Nathaniel Pfeifer, (2017). Microneedles for wearable sensing and interstitial fluid collection Publication ID: 54589

Philip Miller, Ronen Polsky, (2017). Microneedles for Wearable Sensing and Interstitial Fluid Collection Publication ID: 53602

Philip Miller, Ronen Polsky, (2016). On Body Transdermal Microneedle-Based Diagnostic Device to Measure Biomarker Signatures and Report on Human Performance Publication ID: 51670

Michael Kent, Isaac Avina, Nadeya Rader, Michael Busse, Anthe George, Noppandon Sathitsuksanoh, Nicholas Giron, Jerilyn Timlin, Ronen Polsky, Victor Chavez, Dale Huber, Kenneth Sale, Blake Simmons, (2016). New assay for lignin depolymerization based on lignin films Publication ID: 49119

Ronen Polsky, Philip Miller, Rhiana Rivas, David Johnson, Thayne Edwards, Markku Koskelo, Luay Shawa, Igal Brener, Victor Chavez, (2015). Handheld Microneedle-Based Electrolyte Sensing Platform Publication ID: 46492

Ronen Polsky, Leah Appelhans, David Wheeler, Katherine Jungjohann, Dulce Hayes, DeAnna Campbell, Angela Rudolph, Rhiana Rivas, Michael Zubelewicz, Andrew Shreve, Steve Graves, Susan Brozik, (2015). Optical Polarization Based Genomic Sensor Publication ID: 45993

Ronen Polsky, (2015). Transdermal Microneedle Sensors Publication ID: 44344

Rhiana Rivas, Philip Miller, Ronen Polsky, (2015). Hand-Held Microneedle-Based Diagnostic Device Publication ID: 44460

David Burckel, Xiaoyin Xiao, Ronen Polsky, (2015). Lithographically defined three-dimensional graphene scaffolds Publication ID: 44513

Xiaoyin Xiao, Arthur Fischer, Michael Coltrin, Ping Lu, Daniel Koleske, George Wang, Ronen Polsky, Jeffrey Tsao, (2015). Photoelectrochemical etching of epitaxial InGaN thin films: Self-limited kinetics and nanostructuring Electrochimica Acta Publication ID: 38249

Ronen Polsky, (2015). Microneedles MedTech Showcase Presentation Publication ID: 42293

Michael Kent, Isaac Avina, Nadeya Rader, Kevin Turner, Anthe George, Jerilyn Timlin, Ronen Polsky, James Ricken, Kenneth Sale, Blake Simmons, (2014). Fuels and Chemicals from Lignocellulosic Biomass: Valorization of Lignin Publication ID: 39261

Susan Brozik, Ronen Polsky, DeAnna Campbell, Ronald Manginell, Matthew Moorman, Thayne Edwards, John Anderson, Kent Pfeifer, Darren Branch, (2013). Genomics-enabled sensor platform for rapid detection of viruses related to disease outbreak Publication ID: 35904

Todd Heinrichs, Ronen Polsky, (2013). Dimensional Graphene Architectures Publication ID: 34826

Elizabeth Sparks, Matthew Moorman, Thayne Edwards, Ronen Polsky, Susan Brozik, (2013). Three-Dimensional Modeling and Simulation of DNA Hybridization Kinetics and Mass Transport as Functions of Temperature in a Microfluidic Channel Electrophoresis Publication ID: 32276

Ronen Polsky, Thomas Beechem, David Burckel, (2012). Interferometrically Defined 3D Pyrolyzed-Carbon Sensors Publication ID: 25823

Darryl Sasaki, Ronen Polsky, Blythe Clark, Khalid Hattar, (2011). Recent developments in the use of a microfluidic stage for in situ TEM studies Publication ID: 24649

Jason Harper, Thayne Edwards, Ronen Polsky, Susan Brozik, (2011). Development of Multifunctional Electrode Arrays for Medical Diagnostics and Environmental Monitoring Publication ID: 23981

Erik Spoerke, Ronen Polsky, David Burckel, Bruce Bunker, (2011). Rapid Thermal Pyrolysis of Interferometrically Patterned Resist Carbon Publication ID: 23638

Ronen Polsky, Cody Washburn, (2011). Interferometric Lithography Patterned Pyrolytic Carbon Publication ID: 23021

Jason Harper, Thayne Edwards, Ronen Polsky, Susan Brozik, (2011). Development of Multifunctional Electrode Arrays for Medical Diagnostics Publication ID: 21600

Ronen Polsky, Cody Washburn, Daniel Koleske, (2010). Pyrolysis of 2D and 3D Interferometrically Patterned Resist Structures Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology – B Publication ID: 18745

Ronen Polsky, Cody Washburn, Daniel Koleske, (2010). Fabrication and applications of sub-micron 2D and 3D periodic carbon structures Publication ID: 17127

Ryan Davis, Dulce Hayes, Ronen Polsky, Susan Brozik, (2009). Advanced optical measurements for characterizing photophysical properties of single nanoparticles Publication ID: 16740

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