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Nanofabrication Laboratory

The Penn State Nanofabrication Facility (Nanofab) is a fully staffed user research facility that enables fabrication and characterization of a wide range of devices to support fundamental and applied research in diverse fields spanning electronics to medicine. Over 400 researchers from Penn State, other universities, government labs, and industry take advantage of the expertise and world-class facilities of The Nanofabrication Laboratory. The Facility has cross disciplinary expertise in the areas of spectroscopy, biology, chemistry, physics, optics, electrical engineering, and engineering science.

The Nanofab provides specialized instruments and technical support in areas that mirror our faculty research strengths, including chemical and molecular-scale nanotechnology; electronics, optics, and MEMS; materials and physical sciences; and education. The technical staff have made significant progress in transitioning nanoscale materials synthesis, chemical and molecular film patterning and deposition, complex ferroelectric oxide thin film deposition, and device fabrication processes from leading PSU research centers and faculty labs to the open-access user facility.

For users, the Nanofab provides the opportunity to do hands on research with some of the world's most sophisticated instruments for the fabrication and characterization of materials at the micro and nanoscale.

The Nanofab is a member of the NSF supported National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN). The NNIN is an integrated partnership of fourteen universities' user facilities whose goal is to provide users from outside the universities unparalleled opportunities for nanoscience and nanotechnology research and development.


The facility has no instruments.