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Nano Electro-Mechanical Systems (NEMS) are tiny
machines built at the nanometer scale. Current
NEMS applications are simple machines, such as
the tiny cantilever shown at the right. An electrical circuit measures the deflection
of the lever. A larger version of this device,
with dimensions at the micrometer or millimeter
scale, is commonly used as an airbag sensor in
automobiles. A sudden stop causes a strong
deflection of the lever, which signals that
the airbags should be deployed. At the nano
scale, such a lever is sensitive enough to
measure the weight of individual atoms or
molecules resting upon it.
Learn more about NEMS from the
resources available on this site, listed below.
In Search of a Better MEMS-Switch: An Elementary theory of how nanostructured dielectrics may soften landing, increase travel range, and decrease energy dissipation
06 Jun 2012 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Muhammad Alam
In this talk, I will discuss an elementary theory of the role of nanostructured electrodes in addressing some of the challenges from a fundamentally different perspective. The goal is to start a...
Illinois BioNanotechnology Seminar Series Fall 2011: Deconvolving Stiffness in MEMS Pedestal Cell Mass Measurements
05 Dec 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Elise Corbin
The complex relationships between a cell's behavior and the physical properties of both itself and its environment have long been of interest. Specifically, the understanding the mechanisms...
Illinois CNST Annual Nanotechnology Workshop 2010 Lecture 12: Multiscale Analysis of Silicon NEMS
02 May 2011 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Narayan Aluru
2009 GEM4 Summer School - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Lecture 5: Mechanics insights into the pathophysiology of human disease; Microfluidics approaches to studying human diseases
20 Jul 2010 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Chwee Teck Lim
Peanuts vs. Pyramids: Two Perspectives on MEMS
29 Dec 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Stephen D. Senturia
MEMS, the acronym for Micro-electromechanical Systems, also known simply as “Micro-systems,” come in two main types: commodity products (the peanuts) and MEMS-enabled products (the pyramids,...
Molecular Sensors for MEMS
10 Dec 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): John P. Sullivan
This seminar will cover the issues involved in using molecular sensors in MEMS and their application to microchannels, supersonic micronozzles, microjet impingement, microturbines and unsteady...
Nanotribology, Nanomechanics and Materials Characterization Studies
08 Jun 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Bharat Bhushan
Fundamental nanotribological studies provide insight to molecular origins of interfacial phenomena including adhesion, friction, wear and lubrication.
Friction and wear of lightly loaded...
The Challenges of Micro-System Product Development
05 Jun 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): James J. Allen
This talk will discuss the historical development of micro‐system technology, the products that have been developed and the challenges to development of a reliable product.
Experiences with nonintrusive polynomial Chaos and stochastic collocation methods for uncertainty analysis and design
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13 Mar 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Michael S. Eldred
Non—intrusive polynomial chaos expansion (PCE) and stochastic collocation (SC) methods are attractive
techniques for uncertainty quantification due to their abilities to produce functional...
Gas Damping of Microcantilevers at Low Ambient Pressures
03 Nov 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Rahul Anil Bidkar
This seminar will present a theoretical model for predicting the gas damping of long, rectangular silicon
microcantilevers, which are oscillating in an unbounded gaseous medium with the ambient...
Micro-fabricated Biosensors for Cardiac Diagnostics
30 Jul 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): V.Ramgopal Rao
In this talk the current status of an ongoing effort in the Electrical Engineering Department at IIT Bombay on the development of an integrated systems to provide point-of-care diagnostic support...
High-Aspect-Ratio Micromachining of Titanium: Enabling New Functionality and Opportunity in Micromechanical Systems Through Greater Materials Selection
18 Jun 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Masa Rao
Traditionally, materials selection has been limited in high-aspect-ratio micromechanical applications, due primarily to the predominance of microfabrication processes and infrastructure dedicated...
BNC Annual Research Review: An Introduction to PRISM and MEMS Simulation
04 Jun 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Jayathi Murthy
This presentation is part of a collection of presentations describing the projects, people, and capabilities enhanced by research performed in the Birck Center, and a look at plans for the...
BNC Research Review: The Birck Nanotechnology Center-Progress, Opportunitiees, and Challenges
04 Jun 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy D. Sands
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29 Apr 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Dairui Chen
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Ferroelectric BaTiO3 Nanowires: Synthesis, Properties, and Device Applications
13 Feb 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Zhaoyu Wang
One dimensional ferroelectric nanowires have attracted much attention due to its interests in fundamental physics and potential applications in Nanoelectromechanical Systems (NEMS), non-volatile...
An Experimentalists’ Perspective
19 Dec 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Arunava Majumdar
This presentation was one of 13 presentations in the one-day forum,
"Excellence in Computer Simulation," which brought together a broad
set of experts to reflect on the future of...
Plastic Deformation at Micron and Submicron Scales
28 Nov 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Marisol Koslowski
Most people experiences the way objects plastically deform on a macroscopic scale. From a car crash to the bending of a paper clip plastic deformation occurs in the form of a smooth flow as a...
Microscale Ionic Wind for Local Cooling Enhancement
26 Oct 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): David B Go
As the electronics industry continues to develop small, highly
functional, mobile devices, new methods of cooling are required to
manage the thermal requirements of the not only the chip but...
Introduction of MEMS Activity at Nano/Micro System Engineering Lab., Kyoto University
15 Sep 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Osamu Tabata
We are aiming at the realization of microsystems and nanosystems with novel and unique functions by integrating functional elements in different domains such as mechanics, electronics, chemistry,...