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Nanomechanical Properties Group

The Nanomechanical Properties Group develops and provides mechanical measurement science, measurement standards, and measurement technology needed by U.S. industry to better apply materials and components in nanomechanical applications.


Nanomechanical Properties

The Group's primary investigative research activities are carried out in three main project areas:

Scanning Probe Microscopy Measurements and Standards

Our goal is to develop standard reference materials and quantitative, reproducible, measurement methods and protocols for scanning probe microscopes, to enable accurate dimensional, force, and material property measurements at the nanoscale. Click here to learn more.

Nanoscale Strength Measurements for Device Technologies

We strive to develop new mechanical test structures and methodologies based on microfabrication methods and carefully controlled and highly sensitive instrumentation for accurate mechanical property measurements. Click here to learn more.

Metrology and Standards for Nanoscale Stress

Our objective is to develop accurate measurement methods for the nanoscale stress distributions and surface defects that control device performance and reliability (performance over service life) in microelectronic and micro and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS). Click here to learn more.

In addition, the Group also invests considerable effort in the area of

Modeling and Simulations

Modeling and simulations form an important underpinning of the research being conducted throughout our Group therefore it deserves special mention here.  Click here to learn more.


News and Updates

Projects and Programs


Doping of MoTe2 via surface charge-transfer in ambient air

Gheorghe Stan, Cristian Ciobanu, Sri Ranga Jai Likith, Asha Rani, Sergiy Krylyuk, Albert Davydov
Doping is a key process that facilitates the use of semiconductors for electronic and optoelectronic devices, by which the concentration and type of majority



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