Reiner to give next AMNSTC seminar

Published: Apr 23, 2008 12:10:34 PM
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Philip Reiner, deputy director of research and development at Stanley Associates, Inc., will deliver the next Alabama Micro/Nano Science and Technology Center (AMNSTC) Interdisciplinary Seminar on Friday, April 25 at 3 p.m. in Broun 239. The university community is invited to attend the seminar, titled "Micro- and Nano-engineered Materials and Structures for Sensors and Electronics."

The development of new and novel fabrication techniques at micron and nanometer scales has enabled new classes of materials and structures to be engineered for use in a wide variety of applications. As the size of the basic structures decreases, the quantum mechanical properties of the materials play an increasingly important role in their overall performance. Application of these principles to the development of unique classes of materials for electro-optic and electro-mechanical sensors and actuators can often improve performance by orders of magnitude. In Reiner's presentation, the underlying principles of quantum mechanics and the role it plays in determining basic physical properties will be explored. Examples of recent work will be given and analyses are presented for new types of electro-optic and piezo-electric materials envisioned for use in MEMS sensing and power scavenging systems. The challenges posed for the realization and practical implementation of these materials will also be discussed.

Reiner holds a doctorate in physics from the University of Rochester, a bachelor's degree in physics and an associate's degree in electrical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has more than 22 years experience developing and managing research projects in a wide variety of fields and is currently developing advanced MEMS-based safe and arm devices for small munitions and rockets. This work includes the development of new wafer level micro-fabrication and z-axis integration techniques as well as the development of nano-energetic materials for use in MEMS devices. He is also the principle investigator for the development of high-speed sensors for real-time autonomous target detection and classification for missile systems.