On the prospects of using Biogenic Silica for MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems)

Bakhodur Abdusatorov, Joris Everaerts, Alexei I. Salimon, Alexander M. Korsunsky

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A key feature of single-cell marine organisms called diatoms is their silica exoskeleton with nanoporous morphology. These naturally grown structures provide a promising basis for new biomimetic structural designs, but may also be used directly in their native form. Microscale diaphragms found in nature often can withstand large deformations. They also show vibration eigenfrequencies in the high MHz to GHz range. These structural properties open up the possibilities for the development of production technologies based on micromanipulation of bio-inspired or bio-derived microscale structures. In this work we report the results of FEM simulations aimed at investigating the effects of stiffness, pore diameter, and thickness on the vibrational characteristics of diatom frustule structures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the World Congress on Engineering 2019, WCE 2019
EditorsS. I. Ao, Len Gelman, David WL Hukins, Andrew Hunter, A. M. Korsunsky
PublisherNewswood Limited
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789881404862
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event2019 World Congress on Engineering, WCE 2019 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Jul 20195 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science
ISSN (Print)2078-0958
ISSN (Electronic)2078-0966


Conference2019 World Congress on Engineering, WCE 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Biomaterials
  • Coscinodiscus sp
  • Diatom frustules
  • Eigenfrequency
  • Finite element method (FEM) simulation


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