Microelectromechanical devices—tiny machines with moving parts—are everywhere these days: they monitor air pressure in car tires, register the gestures of video game players, and reflect light onto screens in movie theaters. RLE researchers in Vladimir Bulovic’s group have discovered a way to make microelectromechanical devices, or MEMS, by stamping them onto a plastic film. That should significantly reduce their cost, but it also opens up the possibility of large sheets of sensors that could, say, cover the wings of an airplane to gauge their structural integrity. «more»

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Mechanical devices stamped on plastic

Professor Vladimir Bulovic

RLE Organic and Nanostructured Electronics Group