Engineering manipulation at nanoscale: further functional specifications

Samir Mekid*, Salem Bashmal

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Purpose: Novel nanomaterials and nano-devices require further functional aspects that can be designed and supported using new nanomanipulation techniques allowing specific functions at the design phase. The nano-manipulator becomes a key instrument for technology bridging sub-nano to mesoscale. The integration of various operations in nano-devices requires sub-nanometer precision and highly stable manipulator. This paper aims to review various design concepts of recent nanomanipulators, their motion characteristics, basic functions, imagine and automation with control techniques for the sake of establishing new design features based on recent requirements. Design/methodology/approach: The paper reviews various existing nanomanipulators, their motion characteristics, basic functions, imagine and automation with control techniques. This will support precision machine design methodology and robotics principles. Findings: The availability of a nano-precision instrument with integrated functions has proved to be extremely helpful in addressing various fundamental problems in science and engineering such as exploring, understanding, modeling and testing nano-machining process; exact construction of nano-structure arrays; and inspection of devices with complex features. Originality/value: New functional specifications have emerged from this review to support the design and make of new advanced nanomanipulators with more features availability to support manipulation within the same reference datum needed for research and education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)572-590
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Engineering, Design and Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 6 Jun 2019

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  • AFM
  • Instrumentation
  • Machine design
  • Nanomanipulator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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