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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.
Introduction to Carbon Nanotube Electronics
4.5 out of 5 stars
12 Oct 2005 | Series | Contributor(s): Susan Sinnott
Carbon nanotubes (CNT) have interesting, structure-dependent electronic properties. In particular, CNTs can be a metallic or semiconducting depending on the way in which the carbon atoms are...
Modeling and Simulation of Sub-Micron Thermal Transport
0.0 out of 5 stars
27 Sep 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Jayathi Murthy
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in understanding thermal phenomena at the sub-micron scale. Applications include the thermal performance of microelectronic devices,...
Nanostructure Engineered Sensors for Gas Detection in Space and Terrestrial Applications
01 Sep 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Jing Li
A nanosensor technology has been developed using single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) on a pair of interdigitated electrodes (IDE) processed with a silicon-based microfabrication and...
Organic Electronics Part I: Chemical Modulation
01 Sep 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Jiri Janata
Organic semiconductors (OS) have been in the center of attention in at least two areas: in chemical ,sensors and in molecular electronics. Although the chemistry and physics governing them is the...
Fine Tuning Microcantilever Vibrations for Ultrasensitive Analyte Mass Detection
01 Sep 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Arvind Raman
Microcantilever based biochemical sensing has shown tremendous promise for ultrasenstive detection in both liquid and ambient conditions. However improving the sensitivity, reliability and...
A Novel Diagnostic Assay Based On Nanomechanics
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...
Introduction to BioMEMS and Bionanotechnology
31 Aug 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Rashid Bashir
BioMEMS and Bionanotechnology have the potential to make significant impact in a wide range of fields and applications. This lecture series introduces the basic concepts and topics underlying the...
2004 Computational Materials Science Summer School
29 Aug 2005 | Workshops
This short course will explore a range of computational approaches relevant for nanotechnology.
Computational Methods for NEMS
20 Aug 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Narayan Aluru
20 Aug 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Susan Sinnott
Sensing Technology Needs in Long-Term Human Space Exploration
20 Aug 2005 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Antony Jeevarajan
The sensing technologies are mainly derived from three broad areas, namely, absorbance, fluorescence and electrochemical. The development of a sensing system with unique requirements for space...
Introduction to Molecular Conduction
4.0 out of 5 stars
21 Jul 2005 | Series | Contributor(s): Ferdows Zahid, Magnus Paulsson, Avik Ghosh, Supriyo Datta
A scanning probe microscope brushes the tips of molecules rising up from a gold substrate. After making contact, the probe measures a very strange current-voltage relationship--linear portions...
2005 Molecular Conduction and Sensors Workshop
25 May 2005 | Workshops
This is the 3rd in a series of annual workshops on Molecular Conduction. The prior workshops have been at Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN (2003) and Nothwestern University, Evanston, IL...
An Introduction to BioMEMS and Bionanotechnology
25 May 2005 | Courses | Contributor(s): Rashid Bashir
This lecture series introduces the basic concepts and key topics underlying the interdisciplinary areas of BioMEMS and Bionanotechnology. Advances in this field require the knowledge of polymer...
Synthesis & Mechanics of Nanostructures & Nanocomposites
3.5 out of 5 stars
11 May 2005 | Presentation Materials | Contributor(s): Rodney Ruoff
Unraveling the Behavior of Liquids at the Nanoscale
09 May 2005 | Presentation Materials | Contributor(s): Haim H. Bau
To better understand the transport of simple and complex liquids under extreme confinement conditions, our research group is conducting fluid flow experiments in conduits consisting of carbon...
Thermal Conductance of solid-Solid and Solid-Liquid Interfaces
09 May 2005 | Presentation Materials | Contributor(s): David G. Cahill
The thermal conductance of interfaces is a key factor in controlling thermal conduction in nanostructured materials, composites, and individual nanostructures. We have recently advanced the...
System Approach to Control Cells
09 May 2005 | Presentation Materials | Contributor(s): Chih-Ming Ho
Nature has evolved extremely intelligent and complex adaptive systems for driving the processes of everyday life. For example, a cell fuses genetic processes with nanoscale sensors and actuators...
Simulation of Sub-Micron Thermal Transport in Semi-Conduction and Dielectrics
09 May 2005 | Presentation Materials | Contributor(s): Jayathi Murthy
In recent years, there has been increasing interest in understanding thermal phenomena at the sub-micron scale. Applications have included the thermal performance of microelectronic devices,...
Simulation of Multi-Technology Micro and Nano Systems
09 May 2005 | Presentation Materials | Contributor(s): Karti Mayaram
The simulation of a mixed-technology micro or nano system is an extremely challenging task because of the different types of on-chip components for sensing, actuation, data storage, and...