Birck Nanotechnology Center

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The BNC building was completed in 2005 at a cost of $58M, of which, $42M came from three generous private gifts. The 187,000 sq. ft. building includes the Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory (SNL), a 25,000 sq. ft. cleanroom with research space rated at 1, 10 and 100 microparticles per cubic foot, an extraordinary level of cleanliness.

Within the SNL is a bio/pharma cleanroom that facilitates research at the juncture of nano- and bio-technologies. This unique capability puts the BNC at the forefront of facilities designed for research at this important frontier.

The BNC is connected by an enclosed walkway to the Bindley Bioscience Center, creating a seamless physical connection between the biology and nano communities. Another 22,000 sq. ft. of dedicated laboratories outside the SNL provide specialized spaces with features such as temperature control to ±0.01 °C, floating inertial-mass floors for vibration isolation (NIST A-1 standard), and shielding from electromagnetic interference. BNC process water is the purest in the world, exceeding that of the best used for the manufacture of silicon integrated circuits.

The tools and instruments of the BNC are equally impressive in their capabilities, including an electron beam lithography system capable of patterning lines as narrow as 6 nanometers over a wafer and an electron microscope capable of imaging the atomic structure of nanocrystals in a high-temperature reactive atmosphere.

Magazine names Purdue's Birck Nanotechnology Center its Experts' Choice 'Facility of the Year'

August 21, 2007 - Purdue University's Birck Nanotechnology Center in Discovery Park has been named Facility of the Year by Controlled Environments, a monthly magazine that focuses on the cleanroom industry.

In the May issue of Controlled Environments, editors highlighted Birck's state-of-the-art laboratories, its partnership with facility designer, Omaha, Neb.-based HDR Architecture Inc., and the role the Purdue facility now plays in encouraging interdisciplinary research. Birck was one of five winners honored through the magazine's 2007 Experts' Choice Awards.

"The goals established for Purdue's Birck Nanotechnology Center were daunting," editors at Controlled Environments wrote. "The program called for 25,000 square feet of cleanroom with very stringent operating parameters. Purdue University partnered with HDR Architecture and created an environment of collaboration that engaged all parties by stimulating creativity at all levels." [Full Story]