NSF Summer Institute on Nano Mechanics
and Materials

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Micro and Nano Devices with Applications to Biology and Nanoelectronics
Horacio D. Espinosa (Northwestern University)
George Schatz (Northwestern University)
Eric Stach (Purdue University)
Monica Olvera (Northwestern University)
Mark Hersam (Northwestern University)
Mike Bedzyk (Northwestern University)
Teri Odom (Northwestern University)

Guest Lecturers:
Orlando Auciello (Argonne National Lab)
Vinayak Dravid (Northwestern University)
Wing Kam Liu (Northwestern University)

Program Outline

8/7/06 - 8/11/06


Advances in nano fabrication and characterization have made possible the development of novel nanosystems that are poised to revolutionize a variety of applications ranging from wireless communication to the next generation of electronic devices to biomolecular sensing with unprecedented resolution and sensitivity. Likewise, the emergence of new technologies at the intersection of multiple disciplines also presents a number of intellectual challenges, which are current topics of research within universities, national laboratories and industries. This short course will review the state of the art in the development of nanosystems and examine remaining challenges.

We will first present device operational principles based on quantum, statistical and continuum mechanics theories. Then we will cover advances in single device fabrication and the challenge of integrating mechanical, electrical, fluidic, and thermal parts. Both top down and bottom up fabrication strategies to achieve such integration and scaling up of the fabrication to 2-D array of devices will be discussed. Directed self assembly as a bottom up approach will be emphasized because of its promise toward fabrication and integration of cost effective nano devices. Novel nanoscale characterization tools and techniques such as in-situ electron microscopy including utilization of micro-electro-mechanical systems to bridge size scales will be presented. Other techniques such as x-ray characterization of molecular self-assembly will also be covered.

Specific applications such as single molecule electronics and spectroscopy, optical detection of biomolecules and nanoresonators will be part of the program. In addition, there will be several presentations related to modeling and simulation in the context of these applications. The models will range from quantum to molecular dynamics and continuum representations.

The course will integrate readings, lectures, discussion groups, and laboratory tours with demonstrations. These activities are expected to provide the participant a unique perspective on the current state of affairs of the subject as well as to motivate new research efforts.

Course Credit and Pre-requisites
The total number of contact hours for the five day program is 27, and 2.7 CEUs. There are certain pre-requisites for each topic. In order to maximize the learning experience, we will provide course materials to students prior to the class.