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Reliability of MEMS: Testing of Materials and Devices, Volume 6

Oliver Brand (Series Editor), Gary K. Fedder (Series Editor), Christofer Hierold (Series Editor), Jan G. Korvink (Series Editor), Osamu Tabata (Editor), Toshiyuki Tsuchiya (Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-31494-2
324 pages
February 2008
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This edition of 'Reliability of MEMS' was originally published in the successful series 'Advanced Micro & Nanosystems'. Here, one of the most important hurdles to commercialization for microelectromechanical systems is covered in detail: the reliability of MEMS materials and devices. Due to their microscale size combined with novel functionalities, a whole new category of challenges arises, and proper determination of a given device's reliability is instrumental in determining its range of usability and application fields. Any kind of gadget's performance, lifetime and safety will depend on the continued and predictable functioning of both the electronic as well as the micromechanical parts. MEMS reliability therefore can be as serious as human life-and-death matters - quite literally in the case of roll-over sensors for cars, for example.
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Table of Contents

Introduction -
Reliability Issues in MEMS
Part I: Mechanical Reliability of MEMS Materials
Mechanical Properties of MEMS Materials
Micro/Nano-Indenters
Bulge Methods
Bending Test using Probe Tools
Uni-axial Tensile Test with Specialized Chucking Methods
On-chip Microstructures
Part II: Reliability of MEMS Devices
Pressure Sensors
Inertial Sensors
RF MEMS
Optical MEMS
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Author Information

Osamu Tabata received his Ph.D. degree from Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan, in 1993. From 1981 to 1996, he performed industrial research at Toyota Central Research and Development Laboratories in Aichi, Japan. He then joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Ritsumeikan University in Shiga, Japan, and spent Guest Professorships at IMTEK Freiburg, Germany, and at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. In 2003, he joined the Kyoto University, Japan. Currently, he is the Professor at Micro Engineering Department. Professor Tabata is engaged in the research of micro/nano processes, MEMS and micro/nano system synthetic engineering (SENS). He was honored with the Science News Award in 1987, Presentation Paper Award in 1992, and received the R&D 100 Award in 1993 and 1998, Best Poster Award of 19th Sensor Symposium on Sensors, Micromachines, and Applied Systems in 2002, Best Patent Award from Ritsumeikan University in 2004. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan, a member of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Toshiyuki Tsuchiya received his Ph.D. degree from Nagoya University, Japan, in 2002. From 1993 to 2004, he carried out industrial research at Toyota Central Research and Development Laboratories in Aichi, Japan. In 2004, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Kyoto University and is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Microengineering. Toshiyuki Tsuchiya's current research is focused on mechanical properties evaluation of micro/nano materials and MEMS and micro/nano system synthetic engineering (SENS). He received the R&D 100 Award in 1998.
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Reviews

"The book will undoubtedly be of interest to MEMS practitioners and researchers." (Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, February 2008)
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