The University of Pennsylvania hosts several major nanotechnology user facilities served by a total of five full-time staff members. These include:
- The Wolf Nanofabrication Facility, a cleanroom facility that houses a suite of tools for micro- and nano-fabrication, including optical and electron beam lithography, vapor deposition, etching, packaging, and electrical testing.
- The Penn Regional Nanotechnology Facility (PRNF) specializes in nanoscale characterization and fabrication. Staff provide expertise in the analysis of nanotubes, nanowires, polymers, ceramics, composites, metals, electronics, and thin films for a diverse group of academic and regional corporate users.
- The NBIC Probe Facility, a unique instrumentation center serving as an incubator for new probes of nano-structure and behavior. It is equipped with a suite of nine advanced scanning probe systems, electronic transport tools, and optical probes operating in fluid, ambient, or vacuum environments.
The Wolf Nanofabrication Facility
Helen Anderson, Administrative Director
The Penn Regional Nanotechnology Facility
Dr. Douglas Yates, Technical Director
The NBIC Probe Facility
Dr. Matthew Brukman
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