Inaugural speech prof.dr. P. Steeneken (3mE/TNW): nanosystems

07 December 2018 15:00 - Location: Aula, TU Delft - By: webredactie

Dynamics in nanomechanics 

Smaller is often better. Size reduction of devices lowers production costs, lowers energy consumption and enables increased precision. Current mobile phones are therefore full of microscopically small moving devices like clocks, microphones, filters, switches and sensors. It is thus very interesting to further reduce the size of these devices, make them move faster and make them more accurate. However, to achieve this is a big challenge. 

One way to reduce the size of structures is to utilize novel materials like graphene, a membrane that is only 1 atom thick. Besides being extremely thin, graphene is also very lightweight and strong. For these reasons the dynamics of graphene membranes displays unique aspects for enabling new actuators and sensors.  

With examples, this lecture will give an impression of the current possibilities to apply and understand dynamics at the nanoscale. Subsequently, the challenges we face to further the frontiers of dynamical nanosystems and enable new applications will be described.