Our Story: Innovation at the Nanoscale

The Penn State Nanofabrication Laboratory (Nanofab) is a fully staffed user research facility offering more than 70 nanofabrication and characterization tools that enable fabrication and characterization of a wide range of devices to support fundamental and applied research. Researchers from Penn State, other universities, government labs, and industry take advantage of the expertise and world-class facilities of the Materials Research Institute’s Nanofabrication Laboratory.

Customer Quotes

  • "The level of technical resources provided by the PSU Nanofab can help enable and extend the continued growth and global reach of our Pennsylvania-based company. We enthusiastically support the PSU Nanofab and will actively seek ways to strengthen our relationship with this valuable resources."

  • "As a small business resources are often limited, Nanofab worked with our engineers to produce micro featured gears for one of our medical devices. The bench top gear data was leveraged to support a successfully awarded Phase II NSF grant."

  • "Nanovus is successful at the Penn State Nanofab because the world class facility is well maintain by a professional dedicated staff. There are baseline recipes for all of the equipment and the staff actively provides technical support on the equipment and process flow. The Nanofab is complemented by the professionally staffed, full characterization suite in the same building. I have not found the the breadth or depth of abilities anywhere else."

  • "We have been using the fabrication facilities at Penn State to build and characterize our development devices for five years. The equipment is well maintained by a knowledgeable, capable, and helpful staff so its ready when we are. We've saved millions in capital and operational expenditures; more importantly, we saved precious time. Great job, keep it up!"

Specialized Instruments and Technical Support

A microchip cell-sorting device The Nanofab provides specialized instruments and technical support in areas that mirror our faculty research strengths, including sputter deposition, atomic layer deposition, thin film piezoelectronics, 2D materials, CMOS, and MEMS. Technical capabilities that set the Nanofab apart include e-beam lithography of fine spatial scale on curved surfaces, and the ability to integrate nontraditional electronic materials such as complex oxides, chalcogenides, graphene, etc. into complex structures. The Nanofab is open to novel/unusual materials and techniques.

Welcome to the Nanofabrication Lab

Research Highlights

The Nanofab's research highlights are one page summaries of just some of the hundreds of research & development projects being carried out at any time. These nuggets summarize work completed from 2007 through Present. There are many other projects that are not summarized until completion of patent applications or papers are accepted for journal publication.

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Research Areas of Expertise


Core Capabilities

The general theme of the Nanofabrication Laboratory's core areas is the ability to handle non-standard materials alongside the more common materials. Procedures are in place to handle a wide variety of research that often uses non-standard materials.

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