LDCN’s on-chip AFM research featured in IEEE Spectrum

LDCN’s recent development of a silicon-on-insulator MEMS-based atomic force microscope has recently been featured in IEEE Spectrum in the article New Paradigm in Microscopy: Atomic Force Microscope on a Chip. The article highlights the group’s latest results from their ongoing research in on-chip atomic force microscopy, which has led to the development of a single-chip MEMS device designed for tapping-mode AFM that features an in-plane scanner and an integrated microcantilever with piezoelectric actuation and sensing. Further details about the on-chip AFM are reported in IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems.

LDCN to host distinguished academic visitors

At the invitation of LDCN, a number of control systems experts will visit UT Dallas this fall. The first visitor will be Professor Richard Braatz (MIT), who will present a seminar at UT Dallas on September 19.

Other visitors who are scheduled to visit this fall include:

  • Professor Santosh Devasia (UW)
  • Professor Murti Salapaka (UMN)
  • Professor Robert Skelton (TAMU)
  • Professor David Trumper (MIT)

Professor Graham Goodwin presents invited seminar at UT Dallas

LDCN was pleased to invite Professor Graham Goodwin from The University of Newcastle, Australia, as a visitor to UT Dallas during summer. An internationally renowned expert in the field of control systems, Professor Goodwin presented a seminar titled Sampled-Data Models for Control, which was well received by student and faculty members of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Reza Moheimani gives talk at IMA Quantum and Nano Control workshop

Professor Reza Moheimani was one of the featured speakers at the IMA Quantum and Nano Control workshop, held on April 11-15 at the University of Minnesota.

The workshop was designed to bring together scientists, engineers, and mathematicians to identify new challenges regarding the probing and manipulation of matter at the atomic and subatomic scale, and the tools used to address them. Professor Moheimani’s presentation details LDCN’s ongoing research in the field of high-speed on-chip atomic force microscopy, with a recording of the talk being available to view here.

LDCN paper highlighted in IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems

A recent paper authored by Mohammad Maroufi, Anthony Fowler, and Reza Moheimani has been highlighted in the current issue of the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. The article “MEMS Nanopositioner for On-Chip Atomic Force Microscopy: A Serial Kinematic Design” has been identified as a paper of particularly high quality, and has been made available for open access for a limited time at the following link.

Postdoctoral research position available

A postdoctoral research position within LDCN is currently available. The project is a collaborative effort with Zyvex Labs and is aimed at improving the performance of Zyvex Lab’s atomically-precise manufacturing system by developing innovative estimation and control design methods for STM-based lithography.

Further information

LDCN receives funding under DARPA program

LDCN has received funding under the DARPA program Atoms to Product (A2P). The goal of the program is to develop the technologies and processes required to assemble nanometer-scale pieces, whose dimensions are near the size of atoms, into systems, components, or materials that are at least millimeter-scale in size.

The A2P program is led by Zyvex Labs, a Dallas-based company, and involves close collaborations with Rice University, The University of Texas at Austin, Systine Inc., and ICSPI.

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Reza Moheimani named Editor-in-Chief of Mechatronics journal

Professor Reza Moheimani has been named the Editor-of-Chief of IFAC journal Mechatronics, and will commence this new role in January 2016.

Mechatronics aims to provide rapid publication of topical papers featuring practical developments that combine precision mechanical engineering, electronic control, and systems thinking. The journal seeks to provide an emphasis on applied research, and attracts a readership from across the industrial and research spectrum.

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