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From Micro Assembly to MEMS Lasers: Creating New Capabilities at the Micro and Nano Scales
Dr. Carol Livermore
Asst. Professor, Manufacturing, MIT
April 18, 2008, 2:00 p.m.
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, Rm. 1110
Combining new concepts for microsystems with new methods of creating them enables a wide range of small-scale systems. At one extreme, new techniques for templated self assembly enable the creation of non-periodic systems at the nano and micro scales; at the other extreme, new concepts for power MEMS combined with precision micromachining enable high performance MEMS components for high power lasers. This talk will present recent research in these areas from the Micropower and Nanoengineering Laboratory at MIT. One topic that will be highlighted is recent work on simultaneous, shape- and size-selective self assembly of micro and nanocomponents through templated assembly by selective removal (TASR). Recent work on assembly at the MEMS scale will also be presented, with particular emphasis on alignment and latching techniques for the precision assembly of 2D MEMS structures into complete 3D MEMS systems. The talk will conclude with a discussion of recent theory and experimental results on high power MEMS as a solution to an extremely macroscale problem: the size and efficiency of high power lasers.
Carol Livermore is the SMA Assistant Professor of Manufacturing in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, where she has been since 2003. She received the B.S. degree in physics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1993 and the A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Harvard University, Cambridge, in 1995 and 1998, respectively. From 1998 to 2002, she was first a Postdoctoral Associate and then a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge. Her research focuses on power MEMS (including electric generators, energy storage, and MEMS components for high power lasers) and on techniques and applications for assembly in micro and nanoscale systems.
Faculty Host: Dr. Reza Ghodssi
This Event is For: Public • Campus • Clark School