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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.
BNC Research Review: The Birck Nanotechnology Center-Progress, Opportunitiees, and Challenges
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04 Jun 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Timothy D. Sands
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 upcoming year.
Tutorial for NanogromacsSenior
28 Apr 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Dairui Chen
Ferroelectric BaTiO3 Nanowires: Synthesis, Properties, and Device Applications
12 Feb 2008 | | 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 ferroelectric memories, and sensors. Domain structure is the most important property of ferroelectric...
An Experimentalists’ Perspective
19 Dec 2007 | | 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 computational science and engineering.
Plastic Deformation at Micron and Submicron Scales
28 Nov 2007 | | 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 response of an applied stress. But due to the constant shrinking on the dimensions of mechanical devices...
Bala Krishna Juluri
Microscale Ionic Wind for Local Cooling Enhancement
26 Oct 2007 | | 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 the entire system. Comfortable skin temperatures, small form factors, and limited power consumption are...
Introduction of MEMS Activity at Nano/Micro System Engineering Lab., Kyoto University
15 Sep 2007 | | 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, optics and biotechnology. These micro/nano systems are expected to be novel machines, which will...
Selective Silicon Epitaxy Seen at the Nanometer Scale
14 Jun 2007 | | 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 ScaleMatthew M. Sztelle is a Research Assistant in the Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Group at the Beckman...
Piezoelectric Transducers: Strain Sensing and Energy Harvesting (and Frequency Tuning)
15 Jun 2007 | | 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 talk, mesoscale and microscale piezoelectric transducers for acoustic and vibrational sensing and energy...
SUGAR: the SPICE for MEMS
21 May 2007 | | 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 verification, I use a microdevice that is difficult to simulate with conventional MEMS software. I show that the...
Electron Emission from Nanoscale Carbon Materials
15 May 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Timothy S Fisher
Prior studies on electron emission show possibly beneficial effects ofnanoscale phenomena on energy-conversion characteristics. For example,recent work has shown that the electric field around a nanoscale fieldemission device can increase the average energy of emitted electrons. Weconsider here...
Atomistic Green's Function Method 1-D Atomic Chain Simulation
16 Apr 2007 | | 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 | | Contributor(s):: Rashid Bashir
BNC Annual Research Symposium: Nanoscale Energy Conversion
23 Apr 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Timothy S Fisher
Atomistic Modeling of the Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured Materials
16 Apr 2007 | | 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 tensional and twisting properties are considered in this study.
Orientational Dependence of Friction in Polyethylene
16 Apr 2007 | | 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 results of polyethylene are also compared to those of polytetrafluoroethylene(PTFE).
High-Aspect-Ratio Micromachining of Titanium: Enabling New Functionality and Opportunity in Micromechanical Systems Through Greater Materials Selection
09 Apr 2007 | | 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 to silicon. While silicon has proven to be an excellent material for many of these applications, no...