This course has two types of assignments:

Literature Critique


The purpose of the paper review and presentations are to:

  1. Extend the course knowledge to topics beyond the scope of this class
  2. Provide you with an experience which will help to prepare you to
  3. Assess how well you can apply the course design and analysis principles to problems beyond the scope of the project and examples covered in class.
  4. Have Fun!!! This is not mean to stress you, we want to see if you can look at a cool technology and assess its importance/worth.

Grading Merits

  1. How well you identify the scholarly merit and potential for broad impact
  2. Quality of summary of the work and appropriate prior art/work
  3. Presentation style (not necessary to dress up, but delivery should be professional, though appropriate humor is always welcome)
  4. Your ability to handle questions on application of the work to MuSS engineering
  5. Meeting the time constraints
  6. Quality of the questions which you (as a member of the audience) ask of other presenting groups
  7. Part of your grade will come from Faculty assessment and part from student assessment


  • Each group is supposed to present two paper reviews during the last two weeks of this course. Ok
  • Group of 4 is supposed to review 2 papers (one from the paper pool 1, one from the paper pool 2), while group of 5 is to review 3 papers. Groups of 5 may pick the 3rd paper from either pools 1 or 2, depending upon availability.
  • Paper pool 1 will be provided by Prof. Culpepper and pool 2 by Prof. Kim.
  • Paper pools will be posted on the course web. (apprx. one month before the presentation). The number of each paper pools will be greater than the number of groups (at least +3), to insure enough choice left for the last group to pick.
  • It will be FCFS (first come, first served) when to pick papers from the paper pools.
  • Each day of the class with no lecture (e.g. the meeting and design days), the class will meet at the lecture room, and have one group presentation at the beginning of each day. It will be 10 minutes for each paper.
    • 4 minutes review (by the first student)
    • 4 minutes critics (by the second speaker)
    • 2 minutes summary/questions (by faculty)
    • A few minutes questions from fellow students.
  • This paper review will make 20% of the grade (as a team 10%, as an individual 10%).
  • A 3 page summary paper is no longer required. This was the original plan outlined in the first lecture

Pool 1

Paper 1 - Park, Sang-II, and C. F. Quate. "Tunneling Microscopy of Graphite in Air." Applied Physics Letters 48, no. 2 (13 January 1986): 112-114.

Paper 2 - Hamley, I. W. "Nanostructure Fabrication Using Block Copolymers." Nanotechnology 14 (2003): R39–R54.

Paper 3 - Bower, Chris, Wei Zhu, Sungho Jin, and Otto Zhou. "Plasma-induced Alignment of Carbon Nanotubes." Applied Physics Letters 77, no. 6 (7 August 2000): 830-832.

Paper 4 - Kim, S., G. Barbastathis, and H. L. Tuller. "MEMS for Optical Functionality." Journal of Electroceramics 12 (2004): 133–144.

Paper 5 - Hierold, Christofer. "From Micro- to Nanosystems: Mechanical Sensors go Nano." Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 14 (2004): S1–S11.

Paper 6 - Thurn-Albrecht, T., J. Schotter, G. A. Kästle, N. Emley, T. Shibauchi, L. Krusin-Elbaum, K. Guarini, C. T. Black, M. T. Tuominen, and T. P. Russell. "Ultrahigh-Density Nanowire Arrays Grown in Self-Assembled Diblock Copolymer Templates." Science 290 (15 December 2000): 2127-2129.

Paper 7 - Chung, Jaehyun, Kyong-Hoon Lee, Junghoon Lee, and Rodney S. Ruoff. "Toward Large-Scale Integration of Carbon Nanotubes." Langmuir 20, no. 8 (2004): 3011-3017.

Paper 8 - DeVoe, Don L., and Albert P. Pisano. "Modeling and Optimal Design of Piezoelectric Cantilever Microactuators." Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems 6, no. 3 (September 1997): 266-270.

Paper 9 - "Rice Refining Production of Pure Nanotube Fibers." Pioneering fiber production methods similar to those of Kevlar(R), Zylon(R).

Paper 10 - Roundy, Shad, Paul K. Wright, and Jan Rabaey. "A Study of Low Level Vibrations as a Power Source for Wireless Sensor Nodes." Computer Communications 20 (2003): 1-14.

Pool 2

Paper 1 - Lyshevski, Marina Alexandra. "Brownian Motor Analysis and its Application to Nanosystems." MPZ: Nanotechnology: biological systems and applications, IEEE-NANO 2002 (26 August 2002).

Paper 2 - Gao, Wei, Robert J. Hocken, John A. Patten, John Lovingood, and Don A. Lucca. "Construction and Testing of a Nanomachining Instrument." Precision Engineering - Journal of the International Societies for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology 24 (2000): 320–328.

Paper 3 - Sitti, Metin, Baris Aruk, Hiroaki Shintani, and Hideki Hashimoto. "Development of a Scaled Teleoperation System for Nano Scale Interaction and Manipulation." Proceedings of the 2001 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Seoul, Korea, May 21-26, 2001.

Paper 4 - Barbastathis, George, Hyun Jin In, Will Arora, Tilman Buchner, and Henry I. Smith. "The Nanostructured Origami™ 3D Fabrication and Assembly Process."

Paper 5 - Boukallel, Mehdi, Emmanuel Piat, and Joël Abadie. "Passive Diamagnetic Levitation: Theoretical Foundations and Application to the Design of a Micro-nano Force Sensor." Proceedings of the 2003 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 2003.

Paper 6 - Gao, Wei, Takeshi Araki, Satoshi Kiyono, Yuichi Okazaki, and Masashi Yamanaka. "Precision Nano-fabrication and Evaluation of a Large Area Sinusoidal Grid Surface for a Surface Encoder." Precision Engineering 27 (2003): 289–298.

Paper 7 - Sato, Kaiji, Kentaro Ito, Seiichi Hata, and Akira Shimokohbe. "Self-alignment of Microparts Using Liquid Surface Tension-behavior of Micropart and Alignment Characteristics." Precision Engineering 27 (2003): 42–50.

Paper 8 - Lyshevski, Sergey Edward. "Synthesis and Analysis of Induction Nanomachines." IEEE (2003). This paper appears in: Nanotechnology, 2003. IEEE-NANO 2003. Proc. IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology, San Francisco, CA, 2003.

Paper 9 - Sitti, Metin, and Ronald S. Fearing, "Synthetic Gecko Foot-Hair Micro/Nano-Structures for Future Wall-Climbing Robots." Proceedings of the 2003 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Taipei, Taiwan, September 14-19, 2003.

Paper 10 - Dubey, A., C. Mavroidis, A. Thornton, K. Nikitczuk, and M. L. Yarmush. "Viral Protein Linear (VPL) Nano-Actuators." Nanotech 1 (2004).

Problem Sets

Each problem set of the term project is a 1- 2 page of design summary of your important decisions/modeling/progress to date. We would expect to see detailed sketches, major equations and plots which demonstrate that you are on the right track.  A short discussion of risks/mitigation plans and your group's schedule (constrained by the syllabus of course) would be important as well.

Problem Set 1: Macro to Micro Flexure Design Exercise (PDF)

Problem Set 2: MEMS Intuition Exercise (PDF)

Problem Set 3: Tunneling Current Sensitivity Exercise (PDF)

Problem Set 4: Homogeneous Transformation Matrix Exercise (PDF)

Problem Set 5: HTM-Kinematic Coupling Exercise (PDF)

Problem Set 6: Kinematic Coupling Stiffness Exercise (PDF)