Nanotechnology/MEMS

Activity

Nanotechnology and Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) are closely related areas of fundamental research for the 21st century manufacturing economy. The function, form, and power design efficiencies enabled by these technologies are critical across a broad range of applications for instance in photonics, IT, industrial controls, sensors, automotive, telecomm, medical, and transportation. WPI has expertise in these areas, particularly within the departments of Mechanical Engineering (Center for Holographic Systems and Laser Micro-MechanTronics (CHSLT)) and Chemical Engineering that is aligned with and leverages off well-funded government lab and industry programs. Nanoscience advances in nanoelectronics, nanofluidics, and photovoltaic depend critically upon chemical surface modification and WPI IP in self-assembled monolayer technology is fundamental to such progress.

Background Technology

Pryputniewicz - MEMS packaging of sensing, actuation, control, computation and communication on a microchip - Utilizing cutting edge opto-electromechanical methods researchers at WPI's CHSLM conduct world class research into the fabrication methodology, packaging architecture, and merged microsensor, microactuator, communications, and processor design challenges of MEMS. Among the MEMS systems developed are gyroscopes, inertial sensors, piezoresistive sensors for process control, microfluidic devices, microengines, pressure sensors, and chemical sensors.

McGimpsey - Self-Assembling organic structures with integrated functional chemistry, in particular photochemistry and electronic transport, in innovatively fabricated multi-layer configurations are the technical bases for multiple inventions.

Pending Patents

McGimpsey/Lambert , U.S. patent pending, Imagewise Patterning of Films and Devices Comprising the Same - A design model and scheme for sequential fabrication steps in nanopattern generation is disclosed that features light-activated, reversible, surface wettability and thereby to microfluidic control capability.

McGimpsey/Lambert , U.S. Pat. App. No. 11/014,220; U.S. Pat. Pub. No. 20050271975, Films with Photoresponsive Wettability- This invention provides a design basis for microfluidic control systems via exploitation of photoinduced reversible changes in certain molecules (e.g. halo-organics) attached to multi-layered thin films that control hydrophilic properties on the surfaces of nanoscale devices.

McGimpsey, U.S. Pat. App. No. 10/952,699; U.S. Pat. Pub. No. 20050124535 (Continuation in Part), Cyclic peptide nanotube structures for molecular scale electronic and photonic devices - This is a continuation of the base invention exploiting nanotube formation from cyclic peptide structures via substitution of chromophores on these structures to enhance electronic transfer properties and non-linear optical properties for electro-optical applications.

Patents

McGimpsey, U.S. Pat. No. 6,893,716 , Non-Covalent assembly of multi-layered thin film supramolecular structures - The robust and versatile assembly of a diverse range of organo-metallic multi-layers especially in nanodevices involving photocurrent generation is achieved in this invention providing a significant improvement over current covalent multi-layer assembly technology.

McGimpsey, U.S. Pat. No. 6,902,720 , Cyclic peptide structures for molecular scale electronic and photonic devices - Cyclic peptide structures self-assemble into nanotube formations that via selective substitution of chromophores can function as molecular scale wires suitable for design applications in nanoscale electronic and photonic devices

 
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