A hallmark of our facility is the “three laboratories-one integrated solution” concept. We provide open access to MRI facilities for fabrication at the nano- and micro-scale, in conjunction with materials and device characterization utilizing the most advanced techniques available, and a suite of computational modeling capabilities backed by faculty experts. With our three-lab solution, our staff scientists and engineers will enable users to transition fundamental research in nanomaterials to innovation-driven multicomponent integrated devices and system demonstration.
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.
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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Part of this work was carried out in the Nanofabrication Laboratory at Penn State's Materials Research Institute