Extra tension at electrode-nanowire adhesive contacts in nano-electromechanical devices

Alexander I. Livshits, Liga Jasulaneca, Jelena Kosmaca, Raimonds Meija, Justin D. Holmes, Donats Erts

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We report a strong tangential component of the reaction force at electrode to nanowire adhesive contact which was previously established using electrostatic attraction. The reaction force tangential component absolute value was found to be comparable to or even bigger than the corresponding normal component. This effect is important for understanding of the mechanics of nano-electromechanical devices. Both the experiment and the corresponding theory are presented. Fitting of the obtained analytical solutions to experimental data was used to measure the reaction force acting at the contact for several nanowire-electrode configurations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-422
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Mechanics, A/Solids
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Nano-electromechanical contact
  • Nano-electromechanical switch
  • Nanowire deflection

Field of Science*

  • 1.3 Physical sciences
  • 2.10 Nano-technology
  • 2.5 Materials engineering

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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