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

Nanotechnology Commercialization in Pennsylvania

“Across the world, the competition to find the next great scientific advancement continues to grow… as  a competitor in the global marketplace, it is Pennsylvania’s responsibility to give our universities, companies and partners the best opportunties to be on the forefront of these advancements.”

–The Honorable Edward G. Rendell
Governor of Pennsylvania