Professor Jason Vaughn ClarkThe UPI article Monolithic comb drive nanomachine created said
U.S. scientists say they have created a nanoscale motorized positioning device that may have applications in biological and engineering fields.
Designed by Purdue University Assistant Professor Jason Clark, the device, called a monolithic comb drive, might be used as a “nanoscale manipulator” that precisely moves or senses movement and forces.
Clark said monolithic comb drives could make it possible to improve a class of probe-based sensors that detect viruses and biological molecules. The sensors detect objects using two different components: A probe is moved at the same time the platform holding the specimen is positioned. The new technology would replace both components with a single one.
Jason Vaughn Clark, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Mechanical
Engineering, joint with Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Birck Nanotechnology Center,
Network for Computational Nanotechnology,
Jason’s research concerns the design, modeling, simulation, and verification of complex engineered systems. The overarching goal is to develop the next generation of system-level computer-aided engineering and metrology tools to foster and accelerate advancement in tiny technologies for solving societal-scale problems. Application areas include robotics, health, safety, ecology, transportation, communication, and commerce.
He coauthored MEMS Simulation Using SUGAR v0.5, Practical Techniques for Measuring MEMS Properties, and Modeling, Simulation, and Verification of an Advanced Micromirror Using SUGAR. He invented patent Self-stabilizing, floating microelectromechanical device.
Jason earned his BS in Physics from the California State University in 1996 and his PhD in Applied Science & Technology at the University of California at Berkeley in 2005.