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Welcome to the Nanofabrication Lab

We provide access to our world-class facilities and staff while offering the most progressive IP policy in academia.

The Nanofabrication Laboratory saves companies the expense of maintaining their own state-of-the-art equipment.

These engineered films have great potential for energy harvesting applications, MEMS, micro actuators, and sensors for a variety of miniaturized systems.

Lab space within the 9,500 sq. ft. Nanofab Cleanroom (Class 1000 / 100)

Controlling the optical behavior of molecules near the vicinity of noble metal nanoparticles

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Nanofab in the News

Randy McEnctaffer, professor of astronomy and astrophysics and of physics at Penn State, and his research group utilize the state of the art lithography, etch and deposition tools in the MRI nanofab to fabricate the diffraction gratings used in x-ray telescopes. Recently one of those telescopes, the Water Recovery X-ray rocket, or WRX was launched from Kwajalein Atoll, the Republic of the Marshall Islands on April 4th 2018 with gratings made at the PSU nanofab. 

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Customer Quotes

Knowledgeable and professional staff tweaked processing conditions to transform an idea into a sellable product”

Lucille A. Giannuzzi, PhD, President, EXpressLO LLC

The Nanofabrication Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University is one of the best facilities in the state for conducting research and developing prototypes. While there, I have designed and fabricated a variety of biomedical sensors for detection and monitoring of health and environmental conditions. The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and a highly dedicated and knowledgeable staff.

Michel M.A. Francois, PhD, Process Engineering Manager Duet Microelectronics Inc.

Using the PSU nanofab, we have avoided millions of dollars in capital expenses, saving precious capital and extending our runway.  For a startup company, that's a big deal.  The Nanofab staff is capable and ready to help; they bailed us out of a difficult situation more than once.

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!

Joe Marcanio, Owner & CEO, Marcanio Co., Greensburg, PA

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.

Mike Rogosky, Owner, Navous, Lancaster, PA

Publication Acknowledgement

Part of this work was carried out in the Nanofabrication Laboratory at Penn State's Materials Research Institute