MEMS Micro Electro Mechanical Systems are microscopic devices built with tools and techniques derived from the microelectronics industry. Unlike conventional integrated circuits, MEMS can have many functions, including sensing, communication, and actuation. Just like microelectronics, MEMS increasingly permeate our everyday lives, for example in cellular phones, digital movie projectors, automotive sensors, or lab-on-chip systems.
Our Research Interests In our lab, we work on many aspects of micro and nano electro mechanical systems (MEMS / NEMS). This research tends to be very interdisciplinary, and we have collaborations in biology, chemical engineering, bioengineering, computer science, and other departments. We have built, for example, self-assembling microstructures, biomedical implants, systems for docking of picosatellites, and walking microrobots.
There are two major research themes in our work:
Controlling surfaces and interfacial forces at the micro and nano scale: this includes systems for controlled self-assembly of microcomponents, "programmable" surfaces whose local properties (for example, hydrophobicity) can be changed on demand, and MEMS actuator arrays and microrobots for moving tiny objects.
Joining MEMS and biology: this includes integrating new biomaterials into MEMS processes and devices, biomedical sensor implants, and microfluidic chips for handling and analyzing biological samples.
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Our Educational Mission Students working in our lab gain hands-on experience in designing, building, and testing of MEMS. In addition, our lab also offers undergraduate projects and outreach activities, for example in independent study projects, as summer REU's (Research Experience for Undergraduates), in Freshmen Interest Groups (FIG's), or via the UW Minority Science and Engineering (MSEP) program.
The UW EE department offers classes on the theoretical and practical aspects of MEMS. Professor Böhringer teaches, among other classes, EE502-Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems (usually in Autumn, crosslisted as ME/MSE504 and also available in the Professional Masters Program) or EE527-Microfabrication Techniques (usually in Spring).
Our Laboratory We are located in Room 253I-J (student offices), tel. 206-616-6170, fax 206 543-3842, and in B020-B024 of the UW EE/CSE building, tel. 206 221-5340, www.ee.washington.edu/research/mems.