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Tae Soup Shim, Zaki G Estephan, Zhaoxia Qian, Jacob H Prosser, Su Yeon Lee, David M Chenoweth, Daeyeon Lee, So-Jung Park, John C Crocker
Active materials that respond to physical and chemical stimuli can be used to build dynamic micromachines that lie at the interface between biological systems and engineered devices. In principle, the specific hybridization of DNA can be used to form a library of independent, chemically driven actuators for use in such microrobotic applications and could lead to device capabilities that are not possible with polymer- or metal-layer-based approaches. Here, we report shape changing films that are powered by DNA strand exchange reactions with two different domains that can respond to distinct chemical signals...
October 24, 2016: Nature Nanotechnology
Boqian Sun, Shunyue Wang, Haixia Li, Xiaoxia He
A micromachined gyroscope in which a high-speed spinning rotor is suspended electrostatically in a vacuum cavity usually functions as a dual-axis angular rate sensor. An inherent coupling error between the two sensing axes exists owing to the angular motion of the spinning rotor being controlled by a torque-rebalance loop. In this paper, a decoupling compensation method is proposed and investigated experimentally based on an electrostatically suspended micromachined gyroscope. In order to eliminate the negative spring effect inherent in the gyroscope dynamics, a stiffness compensation scheme was utilized in design of the decoupled rebalance loop to ensure loop stability and increase suspension stiffness...
October 20, 2016: Sensors
Joshua Giltinan, Eric Diller, Metin Sitti
At the sub-millimeter scale, capillary forces enable robust and reversible adhesion between biological organisms and varied substrates. Current human-engineered mobile untethered micromanipulation systems rely on forces which scale poorly or utilize gripper-part designs that promote manipulation. Capillary forces, alternatively, are dependent upon the surface chemistry (which is scale independent) and contact perimeter, which conforms to the part surface. We report a mobile capillary microgripper that is able to pick and place parts of various materials and geometries, and is thus ideal for microassembly tasks that cannot be accomplished by large tethered manipulators...
October 21, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Frances J Harding, Salvatore Surdo, Bahman Delalat, Chiara Cozzi, Roey Elnathan, Stan Gronthos, Nicolas H Voelcker, Giuseppe Barillaro
Ordered arrays of silicon nano- to microscale pillars are used to enable biomolecular trafficking into primary human cells, consistently demonstrating high transfection efficiency can be achieved with broader and taller pillars that reported to date. Cell morphology on the pillar arrays is often strikingly elongated. Investigation of the cellular interaction with the pillar reveals that cells are suspended on pillar tips and do not interact with the substrate between the pillars. While cells remain suspended on pillar tips, acute local deformation of the cell membrane was noted, allowing pillar tips to penetrate the cell interior, while retaining cell viability...
October 17, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yue-Cun Wang, Lin Tian, Fan Liu, Yuan-Bin Qin, Gong Zheng, Jing-Tao Wang, Evan Ma, Zhi-Wei Shan
Silicon is used as a prominent case to demonstrate the dramatic effects of helium ion microscope nanofabrication. Structurally, a submicrometer Si pillar can turn completely amorphous at He(+) doses typically used for micromachining, forming nanobubbles at higher doses. In terms of mechanical properties, the flow stress decreases markedly with increasing dosage, and the softened amorphous Si exhibits spread-out plastic flow.
October 6, 2016: Small
M Cihan Çakır, Deniz Çalışkan, Bayram Bütün, Ekmel Özbay
Metal oxide gas sensors with integrated micro-hotplate structures are widely used in the industry and they are still being investigated and developed. Metal oxide gas sensors have the advantage of being sensitive to a wide range of organic and inorganic volatile compounds, although they lack selectivity. To introduce selectivity, the operating temperature of a single sensor is swept, and the measurements are fed to a discriminating algorithm. The efficiency of those data processing methods strongly depends on temperature uniformity across the active area of the sensor...
2016: Sensors
Dongping Zhan, Lianhuan Han, Jie Zhang, Kang Shi, Jian-Zhang Zhou, Zhao-Wu Tian, Zhong-Qun Tian
In the past several decades, electrochemical machining (ECM) has enjoyed the reputation of a powerful technique in the manufacturing industry. Conventional ECM methods can be classified as electrolytic machining and electroforming: the former is based on anodic dissolution and the latter is based on cathodic deposition of metallic materials. Strikingly, ECM possesses several advantages over mechanical machining, such as high removal rate, the capability of making complex three-dimensional structures, and the practicability for difficult-to-cut materials...
September 26, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
Xiongwei Hu, Xiang Shen, Jianjun Wu, Jinggang Peng, Lvyun Yang, Jinyan Li, Haiqin Li, Nengli Dai
We proposed and experimentally demonstrated a high temperature fiber sensor using a hetero-structured cladding solid-core photonic bandgap fiber (HCSC-PBGF) for the first time to our knowledge. A hetero-structured cladding solid-core photonic bandgap fiber is designed and fabricated that supports vibrant core mode and cladding mode transmission. Then, an all fiber M-Z interference sensor is constructed by splicing single mode fiber at both ends of HCSC-PBGF without any other micromachining. The transmission characteristics of HCSC-PBGF are analyzed with a full-vector beam propagation method and a full-vector finite element method, and the simulation results are consistent with experiment results...
September 19, 2016: Optics Express
K M Tanvir Ahmmed, Christian Patience, Anne-Marie Kietzig
In this work, internal and external flows over superhydrophobic (SH) polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) were studied. The SH surface was fabricated by a one-step femtosecond laser micromachining process. The drag reduction ability of the textured surface was studied experimentally both in microscale and macroscale internal flows. The slip length, which indicates drag reduction in fluid flow, was determined in microscale fluid flow with a cone-and-plate rheometer, whereas a pressure channel setup was used for macroscale flow experiments...
October 12, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Monica La Mura, Nicola A Lamberti, Barbara L Mauti, Giosuè Caliano, Alessandro S Savoia
When Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (CMUTs) are coupled with water, they show high front-face acoustic reflectivity, due to the impedance mismatch between the transducer substrate material, typically based on silicon, and the propagation medium. During pulse-echo operation, surface reflectivity is responsible for multiple reflections of the received acoustic signals, which result in a set of unwanted echoes. In ultrasound imaging applications, this signal reverberation creates artifacts and reduces the image contrast...
September 9, 2016: Ultrasonics
Bin Sun, Yan Wang, Guifu Ding
This paper reports on a flexible Ni micro wire with CNTs embedded into its surface. By using micromachining technology, for the first time, we could implant nanoscale materials into micro-scale metal substrate at room temperature. Thanks to the effective direct contact and the strong interactions between CNTs and the substrate, field emission current of 1.11 mA (current density of 22.2 mA/cm(2)) could be achieved from the micro wire. Moreover, the wire shows excellent mechanical properties for large amplitude bending, which is beneficial for geometric designing...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
Tao Chen, Hao Liu, Wei Kong, Rong Shu
We report a novel burst-mode-operated sub-nanosecond fiber Master Oscillator, Power Amplifier (MOPA) system incorporating direct seed-packet shaping without external modulators. A fast digital-to-analog converter with 1 Gsps sampling rate and 16 bit resolution was developed to control the pulse amplitudes and sequences of a distributed feedback semiconductor seed laser to realize packet-shaped burst mode operation. Optical pulses with durations as short as 700 ps and peak power as high as 1 W can be generated from the seed by applying proper reverse voltages after positive electrical pulses to the laser driver to cancel the residual charges at its gate electrode...
September 5, 2016: Optics Express
Kanokwan Limnuson, Raj K Narayan, Amrit Chiluwal, Eugene V Golanov, Chad E Bouton, Chunyan Li
Multimodal monitoring of brain activity, physiology, and neurochemistry is an important approach to gain insight into brain function, modulation, and pathology. With recent progress in micro- and nanotechnology, micro-nano-implants have become important catalysts in advancing brain research. However, to date, only a limited number of brain parameters have been measured simultaneously in awake animals in spite of significant recent progress in sensor technology. Here we have provided a cost and time effective approach to designing a headstage to conduct a multimodality brain monitoring in freely moving animals...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Lizhong Xu, Yue Pan, Chuanjun Zhao
Considering exponential dependence of currents on double-layer voltage and the feedback effect of the electrolyte resistance, a distance effect in electrochemical micromachining is found, namely that both time constant and double-layer voltage depend on the separation of electrodes. The double-layer voltage is the real voltage used in processing. Under DC voltage, the apparent voltages between two electrodes are constant for different separations, but the real voltages change with the separations. Small separations exert substantial effects on the real voltages...
2016: Scientific Reports
R Géneaux, A Camper, T Auguste, O Gobert, J Caillat, R Taïeb, T Ruchon
Infrared and visible light beams carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM) are currently thoroughly studied for their extremely broad applicative prospects, among which are quantum information, micromachining and diagnostic tools. Here we extend these prospects, presenting a comprehensive study for the synthesis and full characterization of optical vortices carrying OAM in the extreme ultraviolet (XUV) domain. We confirm the upconversion rules of a femtosecond infrared helically phased beam into its high-order harmonics, showing that each harmonic order carries the total number of OAM units absorbed in the process up to very high orders (57)...
2016: Nature Communications
Alan T Sheyman, Peter L Nesper, Amani A Fawzi, Lee M Jampol
The authors report multimodal imaging including adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO) (Apaeros retinal image system AOSLO prototype; Boston Micromachines Corporation, Boston, MA) in a case of previously diagnosed unilateral acute idiopathic maculopathy (UAIM) that demonstrated features of laser pointer maculopathy. The authors also show the adaptive optics images of a laser pointer maculopathy case previously reported. A 15-year-old girl was referred for the evaluation of a maculopathy suspected to be UAIM...
August 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Regina Estevam-Alves, Paulo Henrique Dias Ferreira, Andrey C Coatrini, Osvaldo N Oliveira, Carla Raquel Fontana, Cleber Renato Mendonca
Controlling microbial growth is crucial for many biomedical, pharmaceutical and food industry applications. In this paper, we used a femtosecond laser to microstructure the surface of chitosan, a biocompatible polymer that has been explored for applications ranging from antimicrobial action to drug delivery. The influence of energy density on the features produced on chitosan was investigated by optical and atomic force microscopies. An increase in the hydrophilic character of the chitosan surface was attained upon laser micromachining...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
S L Marasso, A Tommasi, D Perrone, M Cocuzza, R Mosca, M Villani, A Zappettini, D Calestani
A new method, which is easily scalable to large scale production, has been developed to obtain gas sensor devices based on zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures with a 'tetrapod' shape. The method can be easily extended to other kinds of nanostructures and is based on the deposition of ZnO nanostructures through polymeric masks by centrifugation, directly onto properly designed MEMS micro-hotplates. The micromachined devices, after the mask is peeled off, are ready for electrical bonding and sensing test. Sensor response has been successfully measured for some gases and volatile organic compounds with different chemical properties (ethanol, methane, nitrogen dioxide, hydrogen sulfide)...
September 23, 2016: Nanotechnology
Nobuhiko J Suematsu, Yoshihito Mori, Takashi Amemiya, Satoshi Nakata
Self-propelled objects can become potential biomimetic micromachines, but a versatile strategy is required to add the desired functions. Introducing a characteristic chemical reaction is a simple answer; however, the problem is how the chemical reaction is coupled to the self-propelled motion. We propose a strategy to select the chemical reaction so that its product or intermediate affects the driving force of a self-propelled object. To demonstrate this strategy, we put an aqueous droplet of nonlinear chemical reaction, the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction, into an oil phase including a surfactant, where an aqueous droplet was driven by an interfacial reaction of the surfactant and bromine...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Gang Cao, Xiaoping Wang, Yong Xu, Sheng Liu
This paper presents a piezoresistive pressure sensor with a shield layer for improved stability. Compared with the conventional piezoresistive pressure sensors, the new one reported in this paper has an n-type shield layer that covers p-type piezoresistors. This shield layer aims to minimize the impact of electrical field and reduce the temperature sensitivity of piezoresistors. The proposed sensors have been successfully fabricated by bulk-micromachining techniques. A sensitivity of 0.022 mV/V/kPa and a maximum non-linearity of 0...
2016: Sensors
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