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IMT 45-2022 Bachelor or Master Thesis: Thermal microactuator using shape memory smart materials


Institut für Mikrostrukturtechnik (IMT)

Ihre Aufgaben

The demand on micro actuators tends to increase as a direct consequence of the progress in the field of microelectronics and its development is associated with high requirements for materials, design methods and technologies. The actuation based on shape memory alloys gained a large interest due to (unique) favorable down scaling behavior along with high energy densities as compared with conventional actuators. In this position, different technical ways to prepare Ni-Ti-Cu films are discussed and their mechanical and actuation characteristics are investigated. Single-film prototype will be developed and performance tests will be conducted to explore the characterization of thermal microactuator. In particularly, the thermal shape memory microactuator is used for recovery of low-grade heat sources <100 ℃, e.g., solar energy or geothermal energy.

Scheduled work flow:

  • Characterization of material properties (structure, mechanical, thermal, magnetic)
  • Rapid prototyping (Optical lithography, 3D Printing, laser technology)
  • Characterization of demonstrator variants (thermo-mechanical, electrical properties)
  • Design optimization

To carry out the work, the IMT has extensive state-of-the-art equipment (600 m² clean room, rapid prototyping processes such as 3D printing and laser cutting, assembly and joining technology laboratories, various metrological laboratories). Intensive support ensures that the work can be carried out within the given time frame.


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Ihre Qualifikation

  • Field of study: Mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics and related programs of study.
  • We are looking for ambitious, creative and self-motivated individuals, who like to work in a multidisciplinary and international team.

Contract duration

3-9 Months

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Dr. Jingyuan Xu, phone +49 721 608-22752, email:

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Ausschreibungsnummer: IMT 45-2022

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