Optical and Nanocomposite based Systems
In recent years, novel materials are used for micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems (MOEMS) beside standard silicon. The range of materials includes, for example, polymeric materials, micro- and nanocomposites or manmade photonic crystals.
At the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems, we focus on the use of micro- and nanocomposites for the development of micro sensor and actuator systems. Composites consist typically of a polymer matrix and embedded (inorganic) fillers, such as micro- and nanoparticles. Here, the composite properties are directly determined by the characteristics of the introduced micro- and nanostructures (such as quantum effects, magnetic and electrical properties). In addition, new perspectives for the production and application of such systems result from the combination of filler and polymer matrix.
Thus we are able to equip innovative microsystems with entirely new functions and to design them cost-effective. Hereafter some examples of recently at the Fraunhofer ENAS realized composite-based systems are presented.