University of Pennsylvania Nanotechnology Facilities


The University of Pennsylvania hosts several major nanotechnology user facilities served by a total of five full-time staff members. These include: 

  1. 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.
  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 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

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