A53 MEMS/NEMS for sensorial and actorial materials

No. Symposium Organiser Co-Organiser
A53 MEMS/NEMS for sensorial and actorial materials Dr.-Ing. Dirk Lehmhus, ISIS Sensorial Materials Scientific Centre, University of Bremen (D) 
dirk.lehmhus@uni-bremen.de (dirk NULL.lehmhus null@null uni-bremen NULL.de)


Prof. Dr.  Jürgen Brugger EPFL, Institute of Microengineering (EPFL-STI-IMT), Lausanne (CH)juergen.brugger@epfl.ch (juergen NULL.brugger null@null epfl NULL.ch)

Prof. Dr. Nico de Rooij
EPFL, Institute of Microengineering (EPFL-STI-IMT), Neuchatel (CH)
Also Vice-President and Head of the Microsystems Technology Division, CSEM SA, Neuchâtel Switzerland nico.derooij@epfl.ch (nico NULL.derooij null@null epfl NULL.ch)

The trend towards integrating novel sensing and actuation capabilities in otherwise passive materials is rapidly increasing. The resulting smart materials and structures may have one or more desired functionalities ranging from condition monitoring to responsiveness to a given stimulus. Sensor based multifunctional materials will help in moving from “preventive maintenance” to “need based” maintenance systems, improving safety and cost efficiency. Developing such capabilities requires addressing numerous interdisciplinary challenges related to materials and processing including MEMS/NEMS techniques and packaging, sensor development, data acquisition/processing techniques, and structural optimization. One final aim is a “sensorial material”, which can be treated as homogeneous when dimensioning components to their primary structural or functional requirements, but has the inherent ability to feel. The symposium will be a platform to discuss recent advances and identify future directions for experimental, numerical, and analytical research and applications of sensors and smart materials. Topics covered include: 

  1. Sensors and Sensing Schemes
    1. Novel sensors and actuators
    2. Bottom-up approaches to creating sensor structures (self assembly, generic growth, …)
    3. What to sense? Failure mechanisms and their reflection in monitoring approaches
  2. Smart Materials Processing
    1. Integration of sensors in polymeric composites
    2. Integration of sensors in metallic composites
    3. Sensor integration in rapid manufacturing techniques
    4. Integration of sensor fabrication with materials processing techniques
  3. Properties
    1. Structural integrity and characterization of mechanical, thermal, electrical, and magnetic properties of smart materials
    2. Sensor miniaturization and integration
  4. Sensor Networks
    1. Wireless and wired data acquisition/communication/energy supply approaches
    2. Energy harvesting for long term autonomous sensing
    3. Sensor network creation, incl. robustness, defect identification and localization 

The symposium will be subdivided in the following sessions:

  1. System Integration
  2. MEMS Materials, Processes, Devices
  3. Materials and Processes I – Piezoelectrics
  4. Materials and Processes II – Optical, Chemical and Biosensing 

A keynote lecture will be provided by Dr. Clemens Bockenheimer of Airbus Industries, outlining the aircraft manufacturer’s perspective on future developments in the field of structural health monitoring. 

Papers originating from the symposium will be published in a dedicated special issue of the Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures. Selected contributors will be invited to submit their work after the conference. As deadline, November 15th is foreseen. All papers will go through the regular peer review process implemented by the journal.