Research Overview

TIAN laboratory is currently focused on Micro/Nano Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS/NEMS).  Long-term research aims to investigate the fundamental electrical and mechanical principles of new materials for MEMS/NEMS and low-cost micro/nanomanufacturing approaches, utilizing nanotechnology (“bottom-up” nanomanufaturing techniques, nanomaterials, etc.) to effectively enhance the performance of micro/nanosystems.  Present research efforts are the combination of “bottom-up” nano self-assembly and “top-down” hot embossing and other new MEMS fabrication technologies.  This aims to investigate new MEMS/NEMS devices and systems using graphene, nanotubes, nanoparticles, nanocomposites, and new polymers for micro actuators, sensors, and thin-film electronics towards the applications to biomedical devices and next-generation electronics cooling systems.

Focus Areas