National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

Serving Nanoscale Science, Engineering & Technology

University of Washington NanoTech User Facility Relocated

Part of the University of Washington NNIN Facilities, the NanoTech User Facility has been relocated to the new Molecular Engineering and Science Building (MolES).   The opening celebration of the MolES building (  was held on September 18th 2012. It is centrally located on the UW campus and homes several advanced analytical facilities and faculty labs, providing an excellent environment for interdisciplinary collaborations and synergies, in particular in green technologies and life sciences.

The Microfabrication Facility, part of the University of Washington NNIN node, is pleased to announce the award of two Washington Research Foundation Microfabrication Commercialization Grants (MCG).  The MCG allows principal investigators to fabricate a prototype device, mature basic research into applied research toward commercial applications, or work on establishing mass production fabrication flows. In this round, the MCG awards are for establishing a silicon photonics-based analysis and pathogen detection sensor array as well as force sensor system for measuring platelet forces for care and prioritization of trauma patients. 

The Microfabrication Facility, part of the University of Washington NNIN node, installed and commissioned a CHA Industries Solution electron-beam evaporator.  This addition to the two existing e-beam evaporators and two Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) sputtering systems helps reduce contention in the deposition of thin-films.  Furthermore, it enables one of the legacy systems to be used for processing of exotic and experimental materials that may be incompatible with mainstream processes.

The Microfabrication Facility, as part of the University of Washington NNIN node’s educational mission, hosted an Introduction to MEMS course that consisted of over 40 students.  This graduate course is truly interdisciplinary with students from Bioengineering, Physics, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Material Sciences and Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.