Micro nano mechanical and optical engineering
Mechanical devices that operate on a micro or nano scale are being built at Monash that could revolutionise the future of medicine. Our researchers hope that microscopic robots propelled by flagella could one day be used to enter the bloodstream and treat clots and injuries in veins and arteries that are too small for traditional methods to reach.
Monash optical engineers have also been responsible for the development of next-generation Optical OFDM technology that can speed up communication along optical fibres and infrared wireless systems. The technology enables existing fibres to carry four times the data over longer distances without the need for modifying existing infrastructure.
Other exciting areas include:
- Understanding physical phenomena at the micro and nanometre-scale and the engineering of devices and systems to exploit them
- Non-linear ultrasound, including acoustic radiation forces and acoustic streaming, viscosity, microfluidic systems, micron scale particle and biological cell handling, air-coupled ultrasound, transducer design, non-destructive testing, and finite element analysis
- Interfacial flows driven by Marangoni, thermocapillary and electric stresses
- Free surface electrokinetics for biomicrofluidic applications including electrospraying, electrowetting and electrohydrodynamic induced surface vortices for micro-mixing and bioparticle concentration/separation
- Phase inversion in liquid-liquid dispersions and drop and bubble dynamics including break-up, coalescence and deformation
- Micromechatronics and active materials including piezoelectrics and artificial muscle
- Microactuators and microsensors
- Ultrasonics, finite element analysis, device design, structural mechanics and vibrations
- Micro/nanophysics, dynamics, rigid-body and orbital mechanics
- Optical engineering in medicine, biological sciences, mechanics, materials, manufacturing and industry