Successful Technology Transfer of MEMS Activities to Watch Manufacturing Industry - by Professor Nico de Rooij, Head of SAMLAB, Institute of Microtechnology (IMT), University of Neuchatel, Switzerland

Date: 23 Jan 2008 - 23 Jan 2008

Venue: Seminar Room, Valley Block, Level 1

In order to make new mechanical watch movements possible as well as adding new functions to wristwatches, MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems), UV-LIGA (German acronym for lithography, electrodeposition and plastic moulding), and silicon micromachining have become established manufacturing technologies in the watch industry. An expert in MEMS technology, Professor Nico de Rooij will share research expertise in the applications of microsystems technology. Examples presented are gears and hair springs fabricated by Deep Reactive Ion Etching (DRIE) of single crystal silicon as well as SU-8 based UV-LIGA Technology. MEMS-based pressure and magnetic sensors for watch applications will also be discussed.

About the Speaker
Widely recognised as an internationally renowned researcher in microsystems technology, Professor de Rooij founded the Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Laboratory at the Institute of Micro Technology (IMT) in 1982.

He received his Master of Science degree in physical chemistry from the State University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, in 1975, and a PhD degree from Twente University of Technology, The Netherlands, in 1978. From 1978 to 1982, he worked at the Research and Development Department of Cordis Europa N.V., The Netherlands. In 1982, he joined the Institute of Microtechnology of the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland (IMT UNI-NE), as professor and head of the Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Laboratory. Since October 1990 till October 1996 and again from October 2002, he is acting as director of the IMT UNI-NE. He lectured at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ), and since 1989, he has been a part-time professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). His research activities include microfabricated sensors, actuators, and microsystems.

He was a member of the steering committee of the International Conference on Solid-State Sensors and Actuators and of Eurosensors. He acted as European Program Chairman of Transducers '87 and General Chairman of Transducers '89. He is a member of the editorial boards for the journals Sensors and Actuators, Sensors and Materials and the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. Professor de Rooij is an IEEE Fellow and a winner of IEEE 2007 Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal "For pioneering contributions to microsystem technology and effective transfer into industrial products and applications."

1.45pm: Registration
2.00pm: Presentation
2.50pm: Q&A Session
3.00pm: End

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