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Galvanic Porous Silicon: Processing And Characterization For Nanoenergetics, Collin R. Becker Jan 2010

Galvanic Porous Silicon: Processing And Characterization For Nanoenergetics, Collin R. Becker

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Porous silicon (PS) is a silicon (Si) based material composed of pores with diameters ranging from several nanometers to several micrometers. Typically PS is formed by electrochemically etching a Si wafer in a hydrofluoric acid (HF) based electrolyte. This route requires a custom built etch cell and a power supply and is difficult to integrate with the batch processing techniques of conventional Microsystems fabrication. In the first part of this work, a galvanic etching approach is used to fabricate PS in which neither a power supply nor custom etch cell are required. Galvanic etching methods are developed to fabricate thick ...


Nanomaterial Characterization Using Actuated Microelectromechanical Testing Stages, Joseph James Brown Jan 2010

Nanomaterial Characterization Using Actuated Microelectromechanical Testing Stages, Joseph James Brown

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Theses & Dissertations

In this work, microfabricated mechanical systems have been created in a variety of forms and operated to perform nanomaterials characterization tests. A simplified integrated test system was developed and used to collect data from a range of materials including gallium nitride nanowires. A new force estimation approach was developed which enables estimation of the forces provided by electrothermal microelectromechanical (MEMS) actuators, and with knowledge of a material specimen cross-section area, an estimation of the engineering stress within the nanomaterial specimen.

In an expanded design, a MEMS micromanipulator probe interfaced with a removable specimen holder, also known as a test coupon ...