Karl F. Böhringer, Ph.D.

Director, MEMS Laboratory
Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Washington
Box 352500, 234 EE/CSE Building
Seattle, WA 98195-2500, USA

tel. 206 221-5177
fax 206 543-3842
Administrative Assistant: Stephen Keating

Office hours Autumn 2008: to be announced

Research: In my laboratory, 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 surface 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 (solid or liquid).
Joining MEMS and biology: this includes integrating new biomaterials into MEMS processes and devices, biomedical sensor implants, and microchips for handling and analyzing biological samples.

Teaching: I offer graduate level classes in MEMS and microfabrication, specifically EE502—Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems (usually in Autumn, crosslisted as ME/MSE504) and EE527—Microfabrication Techniques (usually in Spring).
A new class EE 539 - Selfassembly from Nano to Milli Scales was introduced in Spring 2006.
At the undergraduate level, my teaching includes EE215—Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering and EE331—Devices and Circuits I. I also like to supervise varying independent study projects such as EE399, EE499, or similar.

Information for prospective students: If you are interested in working in my lab, please read this first.
Job openings: please check here.


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