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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.
Learning Module: Microcantilevers - Instructor Materials
09 Feb 2017 | | Contributor(s):: Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME)
This learning module is an overview of microcantilevers, how they work and how they are used in micro and nanotechnology. These are the instructor materials.
REBO Nanofluidics Exercise
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10 May 2006 | | Contributor(s):: Susan Sinnott, Hetal Patel
Nanofluidics exercise showing the variation of energy and positionof methane and butane molecules flowing through an opened carbonnanotube as the system temperature and the length of the nanotubeare varied.