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.
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.
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.
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.
LDCN has acquired a Polytec MSA-100-3D Micro System Analyzer, the second such system to be installed in a US university. This laser Doppler vibrometer-based system enables 3D vibration analysis of mechanical microsystems, providing picometer resolution for motion in both the in-plane and out-of-plane directions with a frequency bandwidth of up to 25MHz.
Professor Reza Moheimani has been appointed to the James Von Ehr Distinguished Chair in Science and Technology at UT Dallas. This prestigious position was previously held by Dr. Alan G. MacDiarmid, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (2000).
Read more: UT Dallas news article
The Laboratory for Dynamics and Control of Nanosystems has moved to join The University of Texas at Dallas. UT Dallas is a highly innovative institution located in the heart of North Texas, USA, and is undergoing rapid growth as part of its vision to achieve Tier One national research university status.
LDCN will be operating as a part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering within the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science, and joins a strong group of world-class researchers. This move will provide LDCN with exciting new research opportunities within the field of nanotechnology, supported by a new research laboratory featuring state-of-the art equipment.
Michael Ruppert from the University of Newcastle, Australia, receives a student travel grant from Zürich Instruments AG (Switzerland), for the work on atomic-force microscopy, where an HF2LI Lock-in Amplifier was used to verify the model of the tip-sample interaction: “Direct Tip-Sample Force Estimation for High-Speed Dynamic Mode Atomic Force Microscopy”, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, vol 13:6.
The Zürich Instruments student travel grant was awarded in 2015 for the first time to acknowledge the importance of meeting other scientists around the world. Michael will use the grant to visit the NC-AFM annual conference 2016.
Read more: Zürich Instruments newsletter
Dr. Yuen Yong has been announced as a winner of two prestigious awards from the University of Newcastle, the Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Performance, and the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence. These awards recognise Dr. Yong’s outstanding research contributions, and she is now a candidate for the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Researcher of the Year.
Read the full story here.
Congratulations to Mohammad, Steven and Michael, who were judged to be prize recipients in the 2014 Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Postgraduate Research Poster Prize competition. They were among 49 students who showcased their research via the presentation of a poster, with the judges selecting their work to be among the winning entries.
Mohammad Maroufi: High-Stroke SOI-MEMS Nanopositioner: Control Design for Non-Raster Scan AFM
Steven Moore: MEMS Simultaneous Actuation and Sensing Technique
Michael Ruppert: Novel Reciprocal Self-Sensing Techniques for Tapping-Mode Atomic Force Microscopy