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Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials Colloquium Oliver G. Schmidt


06 December 2007 FWN-Building 5111.0080, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker: Priv. Doz. Dr. Oliver G. Schmidt
Affiliation: Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart, Germany
Title: Nothing but stress
Date: Thu Dec 6, 2007
Start: 16.00 (Doors open and coffee available at 15.30)
Location: FWN-Building 5111.0080


This talk looks at architectures and phenomena driven by stress on the micro-and nanoscale. When structures become as thin as a few nanometers, they become so elastic that they can hardly break under any stress load. Instead, applying deliberate and controlled stress can shape ultrathin membranes into almost any geometry. Over the last years, it was possible to shape highly strained nanomembranes out of virtually any material intonanotubes, coils, rings, wrinkles or spirals on a single chip. The manifold of materials combined with accurate shape and size control together with lithographic processing render this new field an attractive technology both for fundamental as well as application related research. This talk emphasizes the interdisciplinary character of strained nanoarchitectures, which might be of benefit for nanophotonics, semiconductor physics, x-ray optics, nanofluidics, chemical and magnetic sensors, or even synthetic biology.
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