University of Pittsburgh’s NanoScale Fabrication and Characterization Facility (NFCF)


The University of Pittsburgh’s NanoScale Fabrication and Characterization Facility (NFCF) is a user facility in a 4,000 ft2 cleanroom environment (class 100, 1,000 and 10,000 areas). NFCF is designed to support fabrication and characterization of nanoscale materials and structures, and integration of devices at all length scales. The facility houses advanced equipment with core nano-level (20 nm or below) capability for fabrication and characterization, including an electron-beam lithography system, a dual-beam system, plasma etching, thin film deposition, TEM, multifunctional scanning probe station, and modular XRD.


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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.