Micro & Nano Mechatronics

Via the study of the behavior of materials and devices at micro and nano-scales, the Micro & Nano Mechatronics research group designs solutions around the unequalled opportunities offered at those scales. The research opportunities are boundless, ranging from scientific research into theoretical foundations for the behavior of materials to devising micro and nano fabrication techniques and finally device design and characterization.

The application areas of micro and nano mechatronics include basic applications in robotics, sensors, actuators, semiconductor materials and devices, automobiles, portable electronic devices, and displays. Our goals in the design of materials, devices or systems are a combination of improving performance, miniaturization, lowering power consumption, reducing cost and waste and making flexible transducers and electronics.

Our research group has direct access to state-of-the-art facilities for fabrication and characterization of micro and nano devices. We closely collaborate with industrial partners and other research teams across the campus, the country and internationally. At the centre of our research are graduate students and other researchers who gain expertise in industrial needs and cutting-edge research and development challenges.

Research Topics

  • Metal-and carbon-based nano structures
  • Microfabrication
  • Microfluidics
  • Micro and nano-mechanical modeling and simulation
  • Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)
  • Microsystem design and characterization
  • Nano-manufacturing
  • Nano-materials
  • Stretchable electronics