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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.


Contacts:

The Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility
Noah Clay, Director,
215-898-9308
nclay@seas.upenn.edu

The Penn Regional Nanotechnology Facility
Dr. Douglas Yates, Technical Director
215-898-2013
dmyates@seas.upenn.edu

The NBIC Probe Facility
Dr. Matthew Brukman, Manager
215-746-2373
mbrukman@seas.upenn.edu

Why Is Small So Big?

Nanotechnology deals with products and processes that are measured in almost unbelievably small increments called “nanometers”—one billionth of a meter.

At the nanoscale, materials differ from larger objects in their physical, chemical and biological properties; therefore, they lend themselves to new and improved materials, systems and devices. Nanotechnology is behind the development of such diverse advancements as:

  1. Drug Delivery
  2. Biofiltration and Separation sciences
  3. Improved coatings for medical devices

Thanks to rapid advances in this exciting new field, we now have the tools and talents to manipulate materials on the molecular scale—a technology literally changing the world as we know it.