Electrostatically actuated nano tweezers fabricated on micro processed electrodes

Jiyoung Chang, Jongbaeg Kim, Byung Kwon Min, Sang Jo Lee, Liwei Lin

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Abstract

Nanoscale tweezers are integrated to Deep Reactive Ion Etching (DRIE)-processed microelectrodes by localized chemical vapor deposition using focused ion beam (FIB-CVD). The MEMS electrodes for electrostatic actuation of nano tweezers are fabricated on a heavily doped SOI wafer, which works as the interconnecting platform to control nanoscale device from macro-world. Unlike the Carbon Nano Tube (CNT)-based nano tweezers, the dimension and gap between the pillars are well-controlled such that the designed range of motion and the operation voltage are easily achieved Compared to repulsive nano tweezers, the actuation voltage is at least an order lower for the similar range of motion. Repeated electrostatic tweezing action for two sets of tweezers shapes has been successfully demonstrated. For bent type tweezers, short pillar is deposited on the edge of electrode to adjust the initial gap of tweezers which measures 17μm in length and 300nm in diameter. The threshold voltages that causes snap-down are dependent on the initial gap size of the unactuated pillars, and the measured value are 93V for 3.5μm and 30V for 2.2μm gaps. The Dimension of straight type tweezers is 19.6μm in length and 300nm in diameter with 6.9μm initial gap distance. Tweezing range is 3.4pm and snap down voltage is 102V. Young's modulus of the FIB-CVD carbon tweezers is estimated to be 377GPa based on the experimental results. Tweezers with complicated 3-dimensional shapes are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 1st IEEE International Conference on Nano Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems, 1st IEEE-NEMS
Pages1440-1444
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Dec 1
Event1st IEEE International Conference on Nano Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems, 1st IEEE-NEMS - Zhuhai, China
Duration: 2006 Jan 182006 Jan 21

Publication series

NameProceedings of 1st IEEE International Conference on Nano Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems, 1st IEEE-NEMS

Other

Other1st IEEE International Conference on Nano Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems, 1st IEEE-NEMS
CountryChina
CityZhuhai
Period06/1/1806/1/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)

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    Chang, J., Kim, J., Min, B. K., Lee, S. J., & Lin, L. (2006). Electrostatically actuated nano tweezers fabricated on micro processed electrodes. In Proceedings of 1st IEEE International Conference on Nano Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems, 1st IEEE-NEMS (pp. 1440-1444). [4135214] (Proceedings of 1st IEEE International Conference on Nano Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems, 1st IEEE-NEMS). https://doi.org/10.1109/NEMS.2006.334784