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NSS Group OVERVIEW R1 The Nanosystems & Structures (NS&S) Group was formed within the Measurement Science and Systems Engineering (MSSE) Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in March of 2008. Today NS&S conducts basic and applied research in the areas of physical and chemical sensing, with a focus on fabrication and measurement techniques in microscale and nanoscale systems and st…

MSD - Nanoscale Science And Technology Monolithic Systems Development Group The Nanoscale Science and Technology Laboratory (NSTL) clean room facility offers the scientific and research communities a wide array of semiconductor-based device fabrication equipment. This premier research facility, which opened in June 2003, is located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a world leader in m…

Nano-Cornea And Retina Medical Devises R1 Nanosystems and Structures Group Cornea NanoPunch and Retina Velcro Surgical Instruments Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in conjunction with the University of Tennessee's Hamilton Eye Institute have developed a set of novel, microfabricated surgical instruments (Figure 1). These inclu…

ARPA-E Curie Benefits CuRIE Interconnect Technology for Improved Energy Efficiency in IC ChipsReduced power consumption in IC devices; hence potential energy savings of 300 Billion KWh/yr Imp ove nerg fficienc Chip ARPA-E Technology Innovation Showcase, Washington D.C. March 1-3, 2010 Abstract This project aims to develop copper reactive ion etching (CuRIE) technology for manufacturing Lowe…

Nanophotonic Fluoresing substrates. Nanophosphor probed for temperature dependence. Phosphor-coated substrates. ORNL NanoPhotonic Sensor Materials/Systems Fluorescent nanoparticles a tool for photonics on the nanoscale The use of nanoparticles for sensing will grow as NEMs and MEMs systems proliferate. Background The luminescence properties of Rare-Earth doped compounds (as well …

MSD-Overview R1 The Monolithic Systems Development (MSD) Group was formed in 1988 to add application-specific integrated circuit design technologies to an already mature analog and digital electronics capability. The group bridges the gap between basic and applied research and acts as Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL's) technology and knowledge base in advanced electronic systems, particul…

Controls For Micro-Manipulation Technology Need Miniaturization of electromechanical systems promises to impact a wide variety of markets (e.g., chemical, medical, pharmaceutical, bio- engineering, appliances, automotive). However, a fundamental element in miniaturization that has yet to be addressed is bridging the gap between the micro- and macro- worlds, e.g., micro-assembly. Research Fo…

Chemicalsensors Chemical Sensors Based on Nanomechanical Resonators Low-cost, high performance nanosensor arrays During the past decade, nanoscience and nanotechnology have been recognized as important research topics for the 21st century. Anticipated applications of nanotechnology are vast and they include a possibility to address many challenges of chemical, environmental, and biological anal…

SCR Group Fact Sheet R1 The Sensors and Controls Research (SCR) Group conceives, designs, develops, tests, and deploys prototypic sensors and systems for applications that advance science, improve energy efficiency, or enhance national security. Specializing in harsh environment sensors (Figure 1), sensor systems integration, and solving multidisciplinary measurement problems, SST has a long hist…

MSD-Biomedical Instrumentation R1 Monolithic Systems Development Group The field of biomedical instrumentation and measurements is an application domain rich with opportunity for the expertise and interests of the Monolithic Systems Development (MSD) Group. Biomedical engineering represents a unique blend of engineering and scientific disciplines and has a strong overlap with some of the MSD Gr…

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