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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.
Bioinformatics and Systems Biology: At the Crossroads of Biology, Engineering, and Computation
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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...
Computational Prototyping Tools For Biological Applications
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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...
Nanotechnology 101 Lecture Series
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13 Sep 2004 | Series
Welcome to Nanotechnology 101, a series of lectures designed to provide an undergraduate-level introduction to nanotechnology. In contrast, the Nanotechnology 501 series offers lectures for the...
Multiscale Modeling of the Mechanical Behavior of Polymer-Based Nanocomposites
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26 Aug 2004 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Catalin Picu
Polymers filled with nanoscale fillers (carbon nanotubes or nanoparticles) exhibit enhanced properties compared with the neat polymer and with the polymer filled with micron-sized fillers at same...
BioMEMS and Bionano Devices for Bio/Medicine
26 Jul 2004 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Rashid Bashir
2004 Linking Bio and Nano Symposium
21 Jul 2004 | Workshops
Explore ways universities can work together in Bio-NanoTechnology. Discover research opportunities in this emerging area. Network with professionals and researchers who share common interests....
REBO Nanofluidics Exercise
09 Jun 2004 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Susan Sinnott, Hetal Patel
Nanofluidics exercise showing the variation of energy and position
of methane and butane molecules flowing through an opened carbon
nanotube as the system temperature and the length of the...
SURI 2003 Conference
21 Apr 2004 | Workshops
2003 SURI Conference Proceedings
Nanoelectronics/Mechanics With Carbon Nanotubes
12 Apr 2004 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Ji-Yong Park
In this talk, I will present efforts to understand electrical/mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by combining electric transport measurements and the scanning probe microscopy.
Quantum Electromechanical Systems: Are we there yet?
12 Apr 2004 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Andrew Cleland
Electrons moving in a conductor can transfer momentum to the lattice via collisions with impurities and boundaries, giving rise to a fluctuating mechanical stress tensor. Driving electrons out of...