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The Smart Materials Integration Laboratory is designed to allow Penn State University scientists to create a new generation of smart integrated components that combine electrical, mechanical and optical functions. "Smart" materials sense a change in the environment and respond to that change in a useful way. The laboratory will enable the integration and miniaturization of "smart" materials and the fabrication of components that go beyond conventional semiconductor-based materials. This is done by utilizing both semiconductor and low temperature co-fire ceramic technologies.
The laboratory includes a class 100 cleanroom, photolithography and patterning capabilities, a 3 target magnetron sputtering tool, a complete suite of tools for low temperature co-fire ceramic technology, a micropen for direct writing of complex circuitry, a nonlinear near field scanning optical microscope, a probe station, and some electrical characterization equipment.
The laboratory was primarily supported by a generous grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation, along with a major equipment donation from Motorola, Inc., and support from Penn State University.
To realize a new generation of integrated devices that combine diverse functionalities on a smart material chip.