You are here

An Engineering Holiday

December 12, 2014

This year Dean Nadine Aubry chose to incorporate an image created at the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing into her Holiday card. The image was created with new technology by a current Postdoctoral Associate, Asli Sirman. Read below to learn more about the making of the 2014 engineering Holiday card. 

About Asli

I’m a recent graduate of PhD Mechanical Engineering and currently working as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN). I’m from Ankara, Turkey. Right after getting my BS from Middle East Technical University (METU), I joined the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing to pursue my graduate school endeavors. My research is on developing high-rate assembly methods using nanoelements for electronics applications.

The Making of the COE Holiday Card   

This image is developed using one of the assembly techniques called ‘Water/Solvent Interface Assembly’. Nanoelements are simply dispersed in solvent and form a thin layer on the surface. By using a dipcoating process we can assemble nanoelements on any surface. This is one of the many techniques developed at the CHN. After assembly, we apply heat treatment as a part of the assembly process. This image is taken right after the heat treatment using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) showing copper nanoparticles fused together. Searching for details in scientific images and combining them with everyday visuals always excite me and during imaging I always look into the details. In 2013 my art work called ’Nanowaves’, where carbon nanotubes look like waves integrated in a beach image, was selected as a finalist at the MRS ‘Science as Art’ competition.

Fabricating samples in the cleanroom 

Nanotechnology is one of the hottest topics in 21st century and offers a broad range of possible solutions for the current technological problems. We are developing processes for cutting edge technology, which is so exciting. Nanotechnology research is one of the strongly evolving fields at Northeastern and being a researcher here offers various opportunities. For example, we are capable of working in our own cleanroom with high-tech equipment and we get to collaborate many more researchers in the area. I think these collaborations add a depth to your studies and improve the quality of your research. I think Nanotechnology is becoming an integral part of today's technology and I feel lucky for being able to contribute to the state of the art by being a part of the Northeastern family.