Learning Module: Microcantilevers

By Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME)

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

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This learning module introduces you to the microcantilever, its applications in micro and nanotechnologies, its use in sensor arrays, and how it works in both static and dynamic modes of operation.  There is a pre and post-test, four (4) informational units (PKs), and two (2) activities.  Presentations for three of the informational units are also provided.


  • Knowledge Probe (Pre-test)
  • Microcantilevers Applications Overview
  • Chemical Sensor Arrays
  • Atomic Force Microscopes (AFMs)
  • How Does a Cantilever Work?
  • Microcantilever Model Activity
  • Terminology and Research Activity
  • Final Assessment

There are instructor materials to support this activity and they are available here.

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This work made possible by Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME), a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Center through DUE grants #0830384, 0902411, and 1205138.  Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and creators, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF. 

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME) (2017), "Learning Module: Microcantilevers," https://nanohub.org/resources/25839.

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MJ Willis

Southwest Center for Microsystems Education, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM


  1. K-12
  2. high school
  3. materials science
  4. AFM
  5. cantilevers