ME 487: MEMS-NEMS Theory & Fabrication

Class Description:

Physical and chemical theory, design and hands-on fabrication of micro-and nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS); cleanroom fabrication theory, including general cleanroom safety, lithography, additive and subtractive processes, bulk and surface micromachining, deep reactive ion etching (DRIE), lithographic Galvanoformung Abformung (LIGA), packaging, scaling, actuators, and micro-nanofluids; fabrication of two take-home devices, such as piezoresistive sensors and microfluidic logic chips, that demonstrate advanced fabrication processing.

Prerequisite - Physics 212 4 Undergraduate hours or 4 Graduate Hours


1. Safety

2. Lithography

3. Additive processes

4. Subtractive processes

5. Bulk micromachining

6. Surface micromachining

7. DRIE and LIGA

8. Packaging

9. Scaling

10. Actuators

11. Microfluidics

12. In-class exams


1. Photolithography

2. Metal deposition

3. Dry and wet etching

4. Pressure Sensors

5. Microfluidics

6. Device testing

7. Project reports

ME: MechSE or technical elective.

EM: Possible secondary field, with approval.

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