University of Pennsylvania Nanotechnology Facilities


The Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania hosts several major nanotechnology user facilities under one site. These Facilities include: 

  1. The Quattrone 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The NBIC Scanning and Local Probe Facility: a unique instrumentation center for probe-base measurements and imaging of nano-structures, materials, and behavior. It is equipped with a suite of nine advanced scanning probe systems (Atomic Force Microscopes and Scanning Tunneling Microscopes), electronic transport tools, and optical probes (Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence and Scanning Confocal Raman Spectroscopy) operating in fluid, ambient, or vacuum environments.


The Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility
Noah Clay, Director,

The Penn Regional Nanotechnology Facility
Dr. Douglas Yates, Technical Director

The NBIC Probe Facility
Dr. Matthew Brukman, Manager

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