Plamen Atanassov, Mechanical Engineering
“This research opportunity has given me a glimpse of what real-world engineering work consists of.”
"My research work is focused on using nanoimprint lithography techniques for nanomanfucaturing. There are two projects I am working on. The first is a research effort in collaboration with the Agiltron company based in Woburn, MA. The team I work with is focused on creating a silicon wafer imprinted with nanopatterns and nanoink that will function as an air detector. This will be used in the defense industry for early detection and warning systems against missile attacks. Our product will be designed to detect a range of wavelengths from UV light from incoming missiles. The second project I am involved in is developing a super hydrophobic surface (one that repels water). Using the Nanonex 2600 imprinting machine and other equipment in the clean room, I test different patterns, imprint pressures, temperatures, and processing times to find the best surface pattern to repel water and dust. A surface like this could be applied to cover solar cells, windows, aircraft wings, and high-rise buildings to give better protection against water, dirt, and dust. All of this research is based on previous work done by scientists in the field of nanotechnology and new innovations are constantly being made. The equipment, imprinting techniques, and safety procedures I have learned are the basis for the work I do in the clean room and technical reports I write in the Heat Transfer Lab. This research opportunity has given me a glimpse of what real-world engineering work consists of. It has helped me develop better communication, technical writing, and presentation skills and has increased my interest in the field of mechanical engineering."