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Energy harvesting is an important developing field in Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) research. In this thesis, a fixed-fixed folded spring-based harvester is presented as an alternative mechanical element for beam-based piezoelectric harvesters to reduce its natural frequency for low...
An alternative method of manipulating fragile MEMS devices during fabrication has been developed. A specialized manual or robotic end effector utilizing a gecko inspired adhesive can replace the slow and costly manual tweezers used by the MEMS foundry Micralyne Inc. Improving the adhesive...
Synthetic polymers are still widely used in today’s life despite all environmental issues attributed to them. Replacing synthetic polymers with natural biodegradable polymers has been considered as a way of reducing these environmental impacts partially, if not completely. Hydroxyporpyl xylan...