The NEMS/MEMS and Nano-Materials Laboratory, led by Dr. Assaf Ya'akobovitz, aims to study new nano-materials that will be integrated into future NEMS and MEMS devices. These new devices will benefit from both the high performances of MEMS and NEMS technology and the excellent physical properties of emerging novel nano-materials. Thus, our research includes both fundamental science and applied engineering aspects. Our work is multidisciplinary, incorporating different disciplines including mechanics, electricity, heat transfer, synthesis and nano- and micro-fabrication. We appreciate both the scientific understanding and practical aspects of research.
Our work, therefore, focuses on realization of new nano-materials and study of their physical properties. This is followed by the development of integration methods in order to efficiently position the nano-materials into miniaturized devices. Finally, in order gain a thorough understanding of the devices physics and performances, we develop models to predict their behavior and experimentally characterize them. Nano-materials that are currently under study are carbon nanotubes, inorganic nanotubes (e.g., Tungsten disulfide), and 2D materials.
We are based in Ben-Gurion Univeristy of the Negev, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and are affiliated with the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology.