Birck Nanotechnology Center

Opened: 2005

Cost: $58 million

Major Funding

Michael J. and Katherine R. (Kay) Birck, Don and Carol Scifres, William B. and Mary Jane Elmore, and Kevin G. Hall

Space

105,000 assignable square feet, including 25,000 square feet of a class 1-10-100 nanofabrication cleanroom, the Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory. A portion of the cleanroom is configured as a biological/pharmaceutical cleanroom to facilitate bionanotechnology research in collaboration with Bindley Bioscience Center. Key facilities such as surface analysis, nanometrology, electron microscopy, molecular beam and atomic layer deposition, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, bionanotechnology cleanroom, and femtosecond laser characterization support a wide variety of research.

Programs

The Birck Nanotechnology Center provides support for the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) as well as its nanoHUB website. The center provides capabilities in nanoscale metrology; materials growth and deposition; nanoelectronics and microelectronics; microelectromechanical and nanoelectromechanical systems; energy conversion; nanofabrication; electronic and physical characterization; nanophotonics; bionanotechnology; nanochemistry; and theory and computation.

Unique Features

Birck's highly collaborative atmosphere is supported by functionally designated labs, including space for industry partners and companies. The facility includes the fabrication-teaching lab in Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory for advanced undergraduate students. Birck offers the opportunity for external companies to access laboratory space and expertise. Mihail Roco of the National Science Foundation called Birck "the epitome of a university-based research facility focusing on the growing discipline of nanotechnology."

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