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CCMR Symposium

2017 Symposium – June 16-17, 2017

Organizing committee: Prof. Itai Cohen and Paul McEuen,  Physics, Cornell University

Invited Speakers:    Dr. Robert J. Lang, Robert Lang Origami; Prof. Larry L. Howell, Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University; Prof. Jiwoong Park, Chemistry, The University of Chicago.


Atomic Origami: a Technology Platform for Nanoscale Machines, Sensors, and Robots?

What would we be able to do if we could build micron-scale machines that sense, interact, and control their micro environment? Can we develop a Moore’s law for the construction of such sensors, actuators, and robots?

A CCMR team has developed a class of nanoscale origami-inspired materials to meet this objective. Building on the work of a number of groups around the world, the team uses 2D lithography and atomic membranes to create active 3D structures. These 3D systems can be integrated with electronics, optics, and chemical sensing to create a new generation of 3D machines with the potential for large scale lithographic fabrication.

The goal of this symposium is to (i) introduce the community to these origami-inspired techniques, (ii) form connections with industrial collaborators interested in pursuing technologies that enable mass fabrication of such devices, and (iii) explore potential applications, including:

Medical device miniaturization

Chemical sensing (lab on an origami sheet)

Distributed sensing at the micron scale

Active additives for control of fluid properties

Cellular scale instrumentation

A one-day Symposium (June 16) will be followed by a morning workshop on June 17, 2017.

The workshop will consist of talks and discussions aimed at illustrating the opportunities for manufacture, design, and end use of such devices.





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