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October 4 Seminar Features Curtis R. Taylor


Curtis TaylorTuesday, October 4, 2011
4:00 – 5:00 pm
1504 GG Brown

The Department of Mechanical Engineering Seminar for Tuesday, October 4, features Curtis R. Taylor, PhD., of the Nanoscience Institute for Medical and Engineering Technologies (NIMET). Taylor is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. He will discuss “Nanomaufacturing for Energy Efficient Products and Industrial Productivity.”

Abstract: “Nanomanufacturing will allow our communities to harness the extraordinary benefits of nanotechnology for energy efficient products and industrial productivity. This presentation will highlight recent work on the use and creation of nanoscale tip-based technologies. These technologies address some of the most pressing nanomanufacturing issues that impede the production of nano-enabled products. Nanoscale tip-based technologies utilize an ultrasharp tip (radius 2-100 nm) to locally modulate the environment within a cubic micron of the tip. The modulation can be in the form of a mechanical force, temperature gradient, magnetic flux, electric field, or chemical interaction with atomic-level precision. Experiments will be described that utilize nanoscale tips: 1) to mechanically create and shape surface features for directed self- assembly and patterning of surfaces; and 2) to understand how incorporation of nanostructures (i.e. quantum dots) affect the mechanical behavior of ultrathin coatings for next generation lighting, solar cell, and waste heat recovery technologies. Discussion will also include a new approach to advance low cost, energy efficient desktop nanofabrication and prototyping through the design, fabrication, and testing of a nano tool-tip exchange system.”

For more information on future department seminars, visit the ME Seminar Series page.