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As materials, mechanisms, and machines are scaled down to the micro- and nano-scales, new physical phenomena emerge, producing unique and extraordinary mechanical, electrical and thermal properties. Engineers at the University of Texas at Austin work to understand the fundamental science of how these materials and systems change at the micro- and nano-scales as well as how to incorporate micro- and nano-scale structures into working devices in order to improve the device functionality.

Nano- and Micro-Scale Engineering research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering excels in the areas of nanomanufacturing, nanoscale materials and materials synthesis, nanophothonics, micro/nanoscale thermal and fluid transport, and micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (M/NEMS).

These research efforts are highly interdisciplinary with faculty involvement from the Dynamic Systems and Controls, Manufacturing and Design, Materials Science, and Thermal/Fluids Systems areas of study. As a result, research in Nano-and Micro-Scale Engineering at UT-Austin has had a significant impact on a number of technologies in the areas of energy, manufacturing, information technology, medicine and life sciences.

Research Facilities

Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies

Texas Materials Institute

Center for Nano- and Molecular Science

The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences

Texas Advanced Computing Center

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Area Faculty

Vaibhav Bahadur

Adela Ben-Yakar

George Biros

Michael Cullinan

Eric Fahrenthold

Paul Ho

Desiderio Kovar

Tess J. Moon

M. Nichole Rylander

Li Shi

Hu "Tiger" Tao

Preston S. Wilson

Guihua Yu

Yuebing Zheng