MEMS, NEMS, Nanoelectronics

MEMS stands for MicroElectroMechanical Systems. Currently, the word MEMS denotes man-made mechanical elements, sensors, actuators and electronics that that were produced using microfabrication technology and are integrated on a silicon substrate. Increasingly, the word MEMS is used for miniaturized devices that are based on Silicon technology or traditional precision engineering, chemical or mechanical.

NEMS stands for NanoElectroMechanical Systems. NEMS extend miniaturization further toward the ultimate limit of individual atoms and molecules. NEMS are man-made devices with functional units on a length scale between 1 and 100 nm. Some NEMS are based on the movement of nanometer-scale components.

Nanoelectronics extends miniaturization further toward the ultimate limit of individual atoms and molecules. On such a small scale, billions of devices could be integrated into a single nanoelectronical system. Nanoelectronics is often considered a disruptive technology because present candidates for nanoelectronical functional elements are significantly different from traditional transistors.

  • A signal boost for molecular microscopy

    A signal boost for molecular microscopy | Schematic illustration of the experiment. Graphic: MPQ, Laser Spectroscopy Division

    Cavity-enhanced Raman-scattering reveals information on structure and properties of carbon nanotubes. The inherently weak signals are amplified by using special micro cavities as resonator, giving a general boost to Raman spectroscopy as a whole.

  • Applications of Graphene

    Application of Graphene

    In order to get introduced to Graphene, a good point of start would be Graphite. Graphite is a naturally-occurring form of crystalline carbon. It is a native element mineral found in metamorphic and igneous rocks. Regarding its composition, Graphite is a stack of carbon-atom layers.

  • How nanotechnology is going to shape the electronics industry

    How nanotechnology is going to shape the electronics industry


    Electronics industry is one of the most interesting industry sector - if not the most interesting - for the application of nanotechnology. Already in present time, nanotechnology has already been introduced to the electronic industry. The critical length scale of the integrated circuits are already in nano scale. In this particular article few of the most popular product segments will be discussed.

  • Mapping electromagnetic waveforms

    Mapping electromagnetic waveforms | A three-dimensional depiction of the spatial variation of the optical electromagnetic field around a microantenna following excitation with terahertz pulse. The optical field is mapped with the aid of electron pulses. Graphic: Dr. Peter Baum

    Munich Physicists have developed a novel electron microscope that can visualize electromagnetic fields oscillating at frequencies of billions of cycles per second. With this new microscope researchers will be able to obtain fundamental insights of how transistors or optoelectronic switches operate at the microscopic level.

  • NRW Nano-Konferenz in Münster: Ministerin Schulze eröffnet international renommierte Veranstaltung

    Ministerin Svenja Schulze am Stand der Nanobay-NB GmbH

    Führende Rolle des Landes im Bereich der Nanotechnologie – 700 Gästen diskutieren über Chancen, Risiken und Potenziale. Münster steht für zwei Tage (7. und 8. Dezember 2016) ganz im Zeichen der Nanotechnologie: Die international renommierte NRW Nano-Konferenz findet erstmals in der Halle Münsterland statt. Mehr als 700 Gästen treffen sich zum Austausch über Chancen, Risiken und Potenziale der Nanotechnologie. Die Ausrichtung der Konferenz wird künftig im Wechsel zwischen den Standorten Münster und Dortmund stattfinden.
    NRW ist deutschlandweit der führende Standort für Nanotechnologie. Über 500 Akteure aus Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft befassen sich hier mit Nanomaterialien, Nanosicherheit, Nanoanalytik, Nanomedizin, Nanoelektronik, Nanoenergie und organischer Elektronik.

  • Ten daily products with nanotechnology

    Nanotechnology defined as the science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nano meters has been around for something over 40 years now. Still when I talk about nanotechnology, general people perceive it as a technology of the future. At times I still get questions like “what is nanotechnology?” On this trying to explain on basis of the given definition mostly leaves a vague image of what nanotechnology really is. In my experience, I have always found it more effective to give examples of nanotechnology. This even more so when these are in their daily lives. That is where I would be dedicating this article towards. Here are the ten daily life products with nanotechnology.