Drexel University’s Centralized Research Facilities housed within the Bossone Research Enterprise Building include instrumentation for scanning and transmission electron and focused ion beam microscopy and lithography, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, electron-beam and polymer imprint lithographies, and state-of-the-art X-ray diffraction facilities.
The CRF represents the only user facility in the region for the study of ultrafast and terahertz science and technology, with major instruments acquired through the support of the National Science Foundation. With the support of a recently awarded $1.2M NSF infrastructure grant, a renovation of the Drexel cleanroom for nano- and micro-fabrication is underway. Occupying ~6000 ft2 on Drexel’s main campus, instruments, training activities and analytic services are supported by three full-time PhD staff scientists to a regional user base of hundreds of users from academia and industry.
Jonathan E Spanier, Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Associate Dean | College of Engineering
The Promise of Nanotechnology
“The use of nanotechnology in consumer products and industrial applications is growing rapidly, with the products listed in the inventory showing just the tip of the iceberg. How consumers respond to these early products — in food, electronics, health care, clothing and cars — will be a litmus test for broader market acceptance of nanotechnologies in the future.”
–Andrew D. Maynard
Chief Science Advisor, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars