Expert in Energy scavenging for thermal and hybrid systems
Christofer Hierold
Enabling Autonomous Sensor Nodes: Low-Power Nano-Sensor/Electronics Building Blocks based on Tunable Carbon Nanotube Electro-Mechanical Resonators

Expert in parallel computing, computational biology
Wanda Andreoni
Expert in microsensors, microfluidics and  
Nico De Rooij
Expert in Nanostructures fundamentals
Laszlo Forro
EMPA Thun/Schutz
Expert in characterization tools for electronic properties investigation of CNTs with distortions
Oliver Gröning
Expert in nanowire GAA FET fabrication platform-local strain technology, abrupt switch concepts, concept-modelling and fabrication
Adrian Ionescu
Expert in analog and mixed-signal IC design
Maher Kayal
Expert in Micro-/Nano-robotics
Bradley Nelson
Expert in micro-scale liquid phase cooling, nanofluid heat transfer and heat transfer modeling
Dimos Poulikakos

Project Description

The project's goal was to demonstrate concepts and devices for ultra-low power, highly miniaturized functional  blocks for sensing and electronics. At the core are carbon nanotube  mechanical resonators, which can be tuned via straining over a wide frequency range, offer an unprecedented sensitivity to strain or mass loading, and all these with a very low power consumption. 

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Notable publications

Magnetothermally responsive C/Co@PNIPAM-nanoparticles enable preparation of self-separating phase-switching palladium catalysts
Martin Zeltner, Alexander Schaetz, Max L. Hefti, and Wendelin J. Stark
Journal of Materials Chemistry

Magnetic Silyl Scaffold Enables Efficient Recycling of Protecting Groups
Alexander Schätz, Martin Zeltner, Thomas D. Michl, Michael Rossier, Roland Fuhrer, and Wendelin J. Stark

Carbon Modifications and Surfaces for Catalytic Organic Transformations
Alexander Schaetz, Martin Zeltner, and Wendelin J. Stark
ACS Catalysis

Martin Zeltner, Robert N. Grass, Alexander Schaetz, Stephanie B. Bubenhofer, Norman A. Luechinger, and Wendelin J. Stark
Stable dispersions of ferromagnetic carbon-coated metal nanoparticles. Preparation via surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization
Journal of Materials Chemistry


Posters from 2013

Carbon Nanotubes: From Powders to Tunable Resonators
Ji Cao, Adrian Ionescu

Integration of low-defect suspended CNTs on MEMS with reliable electrical and mechanical conditions
Shih-Wei Lee, M. Muoth, C. Roman, S. Traux, C. Hierold

Nanomechanical friction: a source of nonlinear damping in carbon nanotube resonators - Nanomechanical manipulation experiments and modeling
Simone Schürle, Manish Tiwari, Ruizhi, Wang, Matthias Muoth, Bradley Nelson, Dimos Poulikakos

High Precision Catalyst Deposition for Location Controlled Growth of SWCNTs and their Integration into Field Effect Transistors
Massimo Spina, Axel Fanget, Jacim Jacimovic, Primoz Rebernik Ribic, Laszlo Forro, Arnaud Magrez

Posters from 2012

Embedded MEMS actuators for CNT straining tests
Shih-Wei Lee, Di, Muoth, Roman, Truax, Hierold

Growth of Individual Carbon Nanotubes with Precise Location
Spina, Fanget, Ribic, Laszlo Forro, Magrez

Atomic Oxygen Chemisorption on Carbon Nanotubes
Kroes, Pietrucci, Andreoni, Groening

Force deflection study on suspended nanotubes: Electrode/metal contact improvement
Simone Schuerle, Manish K. Tiwari, Eva Preiss, Shyam N. Raja, Matthias Muoth, Bradley J. Nelson, Dimos Poulikakos


Posters from 2011

Characterization of Suspended Carbon Nanotubes Integrated in MEMS Structures
Shih-Wei Lee, Matthias Muoth, Cosmin Roman, Hengky Chandrahalim, Christofer Hierold

Clamping carbon nanotubes for ultra-high frequency resonators
Simone Schurle, Manish K Tiware, Matthias Muoth, Kalyu Shou, Shih-Wei Lee, Bradley Nelson, Dimos Poulikakos

Small signal modeling and fabrication of SWCNT resonators
Ji Cao, Adrian Ionescu

System-In-package Concept for a Carbone Nanotube Resonator
Rokhaya Gueye, Teru Akiyama, Danick Briand, Nico de Rooij


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