Engineering aims to generate technology in the form of products and services by implementing scientific knowledge. The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering focuses much of its research and education resources in the areas of microtechnology and nanotechnology.

Microtechology is concerned with the implementation of miniaturization science and techniques in order to fabricate, analyse and characterise products with features at the micron scale. Even though the typical product in microtechnology is the electronic chip, miniaturized electronic components on a common silicon substrate, other mechanical components have also been miniaturized such as for example the micro-accelerometers for automobile airbags, micro-diaphragms for pressure sensors, micromirrors for fibre optics and microcantilevers for biosensors. The integration of such mechanical components with associated electronic components creates the Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, MEMS.

Nanotechnology studies the physical, chemical, electrical and mechanical properties of human engineered and physical structures that possess features at the nm scale, namely from 1nm to 1μm. This technology is highly motivated by the biological structures of nanometre scale found in animal and plant cells. Humans endeavour to integrate properties such as replication and its regulation by DNA and RNA, light sensing by rods and cones in chlorophyl, nanomagnetism by magnetotactic bacteria on single multifunctional devices.

Our department possess the necessary laboratory and the techno-scientific know-how for designing, fabricating and characterising man made and physical micro-nano-structures and systems.

Research areas

  • microelectrodes for sensor design and modelling and imaging of local corrosion,
  • nanoscale impedance imaging for single cell monitoring
  • liquid crystal sensor designs
  • nanofluidics and interactions of nanosensors with fluids
  • nanocomposite material foils made by ultrasonic welding
  • reactive multilayer nanoheaters for thermal nanomanufacturing
  • tissue engineering on electrospun nanofiber scaffolds
  • uniform droplet sprayed micropowders
  • laser and ultrasonic consolidation of alloy micropowders
  • fabrication of nano-composite thermoelectric materials
  • thermoelectric nanosensor networks and communications
  • Magnetic properties of carbon nanofoam
  • Novel magnetic-mode heat transport for thermal management in microelectronics
  • Nano-egineered multilayers as a route to high figure-of-merit thermoelectric oxides
  • nanoparticles as a contrast agent for cellular imaging
  • design and fabrication of 2nd and 3rd generation photovoltaic solar cell devices based on low dimensional semiconductor materials
  • design and fabrication of microelectromechanical systems (MEMs)
  • microbuble dynamics for thrombosis and gene and drug delivery
  • microbuble contrast agents for ultrasonic imaging.