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Understanding the Role of Nanomaterials in DNA Biosensors Through Finite Element Analysis

J. C. Kumaradas[1], A. Zhang[2], Y. D. Davletshin[1]
[1]Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada
[2]University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Tremendous progress is being made in the integration of nanoparticles into micro-analytical systems for biosensing. These materials are shown to enhance the analyte capture capability of biosensing platforms. We have implemented a computational model that considers the sensor’s geometry, size, analyte concentration and type to predict the number of nucleic acid molecules captured by ...

Nanofiltration Modeling Based on the Extended Nernst-Planck Equation under Different Physical Modes

J. Gozálvez-Zafrilla, and A. Santafé-Moros
Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

The most successful nanofiltration models are those based on the combination of the Extended Nernst-Planck equation with the Donnan steric equilibrium. These models have been typically solved by using iterative procedures based on the Runge-Kutta method. Yet, such procedures present convergence problems in some cases. In this paper, we present an implementation of the original Donnan Steric ...

Modeling Flow of Magnetorheological Fluid through a Micro-channel

N.M. Bruno[1], C. Ciocanel[1] and A. Kipple[2]
[1]Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
[2]Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

This paper presents the approach taken through the utilization of COMSOL Multiphysics 3.5a, to develop a model that simulates the flow of a magnetorheological (MR) fluid through a micro-channel. The model was developed as an aid in the analysis of a micropump that produces flow by means of displacement of a MR fluid slug within a microchannel.

Variable Capacitance And Pull-In Voltage Analysis Of Electrically Actuated Meander-Suspended Superconducting MEMS

N. AlCheikh[1], P. Xavier[1], J.M. Duchamp[1], C.H. Boucher[2], and K. Schuster[2]
[1]Institute of Microelectronics, Electromagnetism and Photonics (IMEP-LAHC), Minatec, Grenoble, France
[2]Institute of Millimetric Radio Astronomy (IRAM), Grenoble, France

Variable capacitors between the fF and pF range are very interesting for high frequency applications like variable filters, resonators, etc. For radio astronomy applications variable capacitors, realized by electrostatically actuated, micromechanical Meanders-suspended bridges (MEMS) made of superconducting Niobium, have been measured to find C(V). A non plane capacitance behavior have been ...

Nondestructive Testing of Composites Using Model Based Design

E. Nesvijski[1]

There is a practical interest among composite materials manufacturers to high-speed accurate non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technology for voids inspection when these voids are natural components of such complex structures like resin insulated layer of double-sided copper-clad laminates. Model based design (MBD) of NDE system is one of principal solutions for voids inspection in such ...

The Spiral RF MEMS Switch in COMSOL Multiphysics

K. M. V. Swamy[1], B. G. Sheeparamatti[1], G. R. Prakash[1]
[1]Basaveshwara Engineering Collage, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India

This work presents the study of spiral RF MEMS switch which has low actuation voltage due to spiral structure. This work is inspired by the superior performance of electrostatic RF MEMS switches over the conventional state-of-the-art solid-state devices and the potential applications in communication field. The customary high actuation voltage limits the reliability and applications especially ...

Polymer Nanowire based Impedance Biosensor

N. Das[1], C. R. Chaudhuri[1]
[1]Department of Electronics and Telecommunication, BESUS, Howrah, West Bengal, India

In this paper, we have proposed an impedance biosensor based on polymer nanowire (made of polyaniline) for efficient electric field mediated capture of biomolecules. Existing polymer nanowire based biosensors fail to achieve high sensitivity for low surface to volume ratio as the whole length of the nanowire is exposed to the analyte .Also biosensors are dependent on diffusion mediated capture ...

Thickness Optimization of a Piezoelectric Converter for Energy Harvesting

M. Guizzetti[1], V. Ferrari[1], D. Marioli[1], and T. Zawada[2]

[1]Dept. of Electronics for Automation, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
[2]Meggitt, Ferroperm Piezoceramics A/S, Kvistgaard, Denmark

The conversion of mechanical energy from environmental vibrations into electrical energy is a key point for powering sensor nodes toward the development of autonomous sensor systems. Piezoelectric energy converters realized in a cantilever configuration are the most studied for this purpose. In order to improve the performances of the converter, the geometry has to be properly designed. In this ...

Carbon MEMS Accelerometer

J. Strong, and C. Washburn
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM

The newly emerging field of carbon-based MEMS (C-MEMS) attempts to utilize the diverse properties of carbon to push the performance of MEMS devices beyond what is currently achievable. Our design employs a carbon-carbon composite using nano-materials to build a new class of MEMS accelerometer that is hyper-sensitive over a dynamic range from micro-G to hundreds of G’s – far surpassing the ...

Design of MEMS based Polymer Microphone for Hearing Aid Application

V. S. Nagaraja[1], Ramanuja H. S.[1], Deepak K[1], S. L. Pinjare[1]
[1]Electronics and Communication Engineering, Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

In this work, a MEMS based condenser microphone [1,2] using Polyimide as the diaphragm has been designed. The microphone structure has a backplate placed on top of the diaphragm. The backplate and the diaphragm are made up of polyimide. The two polyimide plates are separated by air gap which is achieved by using Aluminium as a sacrificial layer in between, which is etched away to create the air ...