The objectives of the course is to present the applications of surface tension in Microsystems (microgrippers, fluidic lenses, actuators, valves, sealing systems…), to give the fundamentals in order to be able to understand capillary forces models from literature, to provide basics for capillary forces measurements and for surface tension based design. A strong focus will be put on micro-assembly applications (gripping, self-centring).
PhD students, researchers and engineers involved in surface microfluidics, micromanipulation or precision assembly. Designers active in the field of microsystems and brought face to face with adhesion and stiction in MEMS.
Dr Pierre Lambert is CNRS senior researcher at FEMTO-ST (he was previously Assistant Professor at Université libre de Bruxelles). He has been active in the field of micro-assembly and surface forces modeling for many years. After obtaining his PhD in 2004, he developed microgripping applications at EPFL (LPM) in 2005 and in the Université Pierre and Marie Curie (2006). In 2008 he was visiting Professor at the EPFL (LPM) in the field of forces measurement and in 2009 he has been a scientific collaborator of the European project HYDROMEL.
In the field of the course, he is the author "Capillary Forces in Microassembly", edited by Springer NY in 2007 and is the co-author of "Robotic Microassembly", to be edited soon by Wiley-Interscience.