In this research, nanocrystalline piezoelectric structures are grown in a novel manner and will be used to create strain sensors which can be applied in a wide range of applications. In this project the focus is using these sensors to detect and study the locomotion of insects. The diminutive size of the insects demands an ability to design circuits which operate at extreme low power levels (and thereby require extremely small and light power sources). The broader application of these techniques will be in the area of hand-held, portable and wearable computers. This project is carried out by interdisciplinary team researchers, Professor Brad Vinson of Entomology and Professor Sunil Khatri of Electrical Engineering. The proposed research project is expected to have an impact on the field of sensing, signal transfer, nanofabrication, entomology, and low-power electronics.




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