Located in the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building and managed by Dr. Robert J. Bonenberger Jr., MEMIL is a central educational facility for studying the mechanical, electrical, structural, and optical properties of materials. An emphasis is placed on the connection between nanoscale structure of materials and macroscopic properties. Electromagnetic-based experiments take place within a specially designed shielded area that eliminates electronic noise and stray fields. Other areas allow students to quantify strength and toughness of materials, prepare samples for microstructural characterization, conduct van der Waals electrical mobility measurements, and perform thin-film conductivity experiments. The lab is shared among all departments in the College of Engineering and is primarily for undergraduate instructional use, but can be available for graduate courses on a limited basis.
NSF Funds Nanotech Curriculum Development, and MEMIL is at the Project's Center!
A. James Clark School of Engineering faculty and staff recently completed work on a project supported by the NSF's Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program. The funds were used to develop new laboratory experiments that effectively engage undergraduate engineering students in learning about nanotechnology, and also helped integrate advances in nanotechnology research with the undergraduate engineering laboratory curriculum through the development of the Modern Engineering Materials Instructional Laboroatory. Read the story »