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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.
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
A Gentle Introduction to Nanotechnology and Nanoscience
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13 Feb 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark A. Ratner
While the Greek root nano just means dwarf, the nanoscale has become a giant focus of contemporary science and technology. We will examine the fundamental issues underlying the excitement...
A Novel Diagnostic Assay Based On Nanomechanics
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31 Aug 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Marko Dorrestijn
Micro-fabricated silicon cantilevers arrays offer a novel label-free approach where ligand-receptor binding interactions occurring on the sensor generate nanomechanical signals like bending or a...
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...
Atomic Force Microscopy
4.0 out of 5 stars
29 Nov 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Arvind Raman
Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) is an indispensible tool in nano science for the fabrication, metrology, manipulation, and property characterization of nanostructures. This tutorial reviews some of...
Atomistic Modeling of the Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured Materials
23 Apr 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): SeongJun Heo, Susan Sinnott
The mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes are studied by using classical molecular dynamics simulations. Especially, the effects of filling, temperature, and functionalization on CNT's...
Bending Properties of Carbon Nanotubes
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21 Mar 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): SeongJun Heo, Susan Sinnott
The effect of filling carbon nanotubes on the mechanical, especially bending, behavior of empty and filled (10,10) carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is examined using classical, atomistic, molecular...
Bioinformatics and Systems Biology: At the Crossroads of Biology, Engineering, and Computation
12 Dec 2004 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Shankar Subramaniam
Traditional biological research has relied on a "deconstructive" mode where piece-wise analysis of the components of complex systems was carried out in detail. The genome projects have spurred the...
BioMEMS and Bionano Devices for Bio/Medicine
26 Jul 2004 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Rashid Bashir
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 Annual Research Symposium: Bio-Nanotechnology and Biomedical Devices
23 Apr 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Rashid Bashir
BNC Annual Research Symposium: Nanoscale Energy Conversion
23 Apr 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher
BNC Research Review: The Birck Nanotechnology Center-Progress, Opportunitiees, and Challenges
04 Jun 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy D. Sands
Chemical Modification of GaAs with TAT Peptide and Alkylthiol Self-Assembled Monolayers
14 Aug 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Hamsa Jaganathan
The use of self-assembled monolayers (SAM) on semiconductors creates a basis for the design and creation of bioelectronics, such as biosensors. The interface between the surface and an organic...
Computational Methods for NEMS
20 Aug 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Narayan Aluru
Computational Prototyping Tools For Biological Applications
12 Dec 2004 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Jacob White
Computational tools are playing a rapidly expanding role in biology, both for engineering design and in exploratory science. The main reason is that the dramatic improvements in the measurement...
Construction of an Imitating Nano-motor Driven by Six ATP-binding RNAs of Bacterial Virus phi29
12 Dec 2004 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Peixuan Guo
A switchable imitating DNA-packaging motor was constructed in the laboratory. The motor is driven by six synthetic ATP-binding pRNA (packaging RNA) molecules that bind to the connector and...
EDA Challenges in Nanoscale Design: A Synopsys Perspective
11 Apr 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Rich Goldman
Rich Goldman gives an overview of the current state of
the semiconductor and EDA (Electronic Design Automation) industry with a
special focus on the impact of nanometer scale design on design...
Electron Emission from Nanoscale Carbon Materials
15 May 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy S Fisher
Prior studies on electron emission show possibly beneficial effects of
nanoscale phenomena on energy-conversion characteristics. For example,
recent work has shown that the electric field...
Engineering the Fiber-Matrix Interface in Carbon Nanotube Composites
23 Mar 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Sharon K. Pregler, Yanhong Hu, Susan Sinnott
Particle depositions on polymer and carbon substrates to induce surface chemical
modification are a growing research topic in particle-surface interactions due to
localized deposition energy...