Penn State Nanofab Facilities


The Penn State Nanofab facilities, supported through the National Science Foundation’s National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), consists of approximately 6000 square feet of clean room space and over 3000 square feet of supporting non-clean lab space. The facility makes available specialized instruments and technical support in areas that mirror Penn State’s 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.


William Mansfield, Director of Operations

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