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Drexel University’s Centralized Research Facilities

 

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.

Contact:

Jonathan E Spanier, Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
Associate Dean | College of Engineering
215-895-2301
spanier@drexel.edu

Why Is Small So Big?

Nanotechnology deals with products and processes that are measured in almost unbelievably small increments called “nanometers”—one billionth of a meter.

At the nanoscale, materials differ from larger objects in their physical, chemical and biological properties; therefore, they lend themselves to new and improved materials, systems and devices. Nanotechnology is behind the development of such diverse advancements as:

  1. Drug Delivery
  2. Biofiltration and Separation sciences
  3. Improved coatings for medical devices

Thanks to rapid advances in this exciting new field, we now have the tools and talents to manipulate materials on the molecular scale—a technology literally changing the world as we know it.