Nelson Sepulveda's Research Group Work Highlighted in Front Cover
Results Represent the First MEMS Memory Cell
Think of the typical robotic arm used for manipulating/sorting/assembling car parts. Now shrink it by a factor of one million. Or think about the end-effectors used by surgeons in computer-assisted surgery; and now shrink it by a factor of one thousand. This is, fundamentally, the type of device that Nelson's research group has been able to develop: a micro-electro-mechanical actuator that can be programmed to different displacements by solely electrical signals. This is the first MEMS memory cell that has been demonstrated, and its operation is based on the behavior of vanadium dioxide; a smart material that Nelson's group is investigating heavily.