Applied and fundamental studies of vibrating 2D membranes

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)


This thesis encompasses both applied and fundamental studies of suspended van der Waals materials. Chapters 1 and 2 give an introduction to the field of 2D materials and some of the critical methods which facilitate the study of the suspended structures. In Chapters 3 and 4 we focus on the applications of graphene in barometric pressure sensors and develop a technique to improve their performance by hermetically sealing them. In Chapters 5 and 6 we use the mechanical resonance as a probe to study the magnetic and electronic phase transitions of suspended van der Waals materials.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Steeneken, P.G., Supervisor
  • van der Zant, H.S.J., Supervisor
Award date6 Oct 2021
Print ISBNs978-90-8593-490-5
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Casimir PhD Series 2021-24


  • 2D materials
  • graphene
  • Nanomechanics
  • pressure sensors
  • Complex oxides
  • membranes
  • ferroelectrics
  • superconductivity
  • charge density wave
  • phase transitions
  • Anomalous Hall effect
  • Pulsed laser deposition
  • piezoelectric
  • BaTiO3
  • free-standing oxides
  • strain
  • antiferromagnet
  • gate
  • pressure
  • capacitive readout
  • permeation
  • NEMS


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