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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.
NCN NEMS: Research Seminars
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Many research seminars are available on the nanoHUB. Listed below are a few that discuss new NEMS device possiblities.
NCN NEMS: Simulation Tools for Education and Research
Many simulation tools are available on the nanoHUB. The tools have been well-tested and here include supporting materials so that they can be effectively used for education or intelligently used...
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
Tutorial for NanogromacsSenior
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,...
Selective Silicon Epitaxy Seen at the Nanometer Scale
25 Jun 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Matthew Mark Sztelle
The presenter introduces NEMS (nanoelectromechanical systems) and STM (Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and continues to present material on Selective Silicon Epitaxy seen at the Nanometer...
Piezoelectric Transducers: Strain Sensing and Energy Harvesting (and Frequency Tuning)
15 Jun 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Toshikazu Nishida
Acoustic pressure or mechanical force sensing via piezoelectric
coupling is closely related to the harvesting of electrical energy
from acoustical and mechanical energy sources. In this...
SUGAR: the SPICE for MEMS
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21 May 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Jason Clark
In this seminar, I present some design, modeling, and simulation features of a computer aided engineering tool for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) called SUGAR. For experimental...
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...
Atomistic Green\'s Function Method 1-D Atomic Chain Simulation
02 May 2007 | Tools | Contributor(s): Zhen Huang, Wei Zhang, Timothy S Fisher, Sridhar Sadasivam
Calculation of Thermal Conductance of an Atomic Chain
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
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...
Orientational Dependence of Friction in Polyethylene
16 Apr 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): SeongJun Heo
The frictional properties of polyethylene polymer are investigated by using classical molecular dynamics simulations. Especially, the sliding orientational effect is considered in this study. The...