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CNEU Teaching Cleanroom

The CNEU has a teaching cleanroom constructed for, and dedicated to, delivering a hands-on nanotechnology synthesis, fabrication, and characterization experience for students. This teaching cleanroom is used in conjunction with the Penn State Nanofabrication Facility, an NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) hub, also on the same campus, to give students from community colleges from all over PA the six course, core-skill set exposure in all aspects of nanotechnology. In addition to its workforce teaching role, this CNEU cleanroom facility is used as a “laboratory” in which CNEU evaluates new equipment for teaching and also develops both its in-lab and remote, web-accessible, learning experiences for NACK. In addition, the teaching cleanroom is used in the NACK hands-on workshops attended by educators from across the country. This educational cleanroom includes 500 square feet of laboratory space and 1,000 square feet of class 100,000 cleanroom space.

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CNEU Teaching Cleanroom Equipment

  • Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM - state of the art tool, dedicated to education, with 1 nm resolution, chemical characterization, and web accessibility)
  • Atomic Force Microscope (with STM, C-AFM, IC-AFM modes - web accessible)
  • Optical Microscopes
  • Profilometer
  • Ellipsometer
  • IV Probe Station
  • UV-VIS Spectrophotometer (web accessible)
  • Reactive Ion Etcher (RIE)
  • Thermal Evaporator
  • DC and RF Sputtering System
  • Atmospheric Furnace
  • Rapid Thermal Annealer (RTA)
  • Wet Bench
  • Spin Coaters
  • UV Curing Station
  • Low Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition System (LPCVD)
  • Thermal Nanoimprinting System
  • DI Water System
  • Toxic Gas Detection System
  • Glove Box
  • Plasma Asher

Penn State NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) Hub

The Penn State NNIN site has an extensive range of equipment covering every aspect of nanotechnology. It is housed in a new 9,500 square foot class 100 and class 1,000 nano-cleanroom in the recently completed Penn State Millennium Building. Detailed information may be obtained at http://www.mri.psu.edu/msc/. Exposing students to this cutting edge research environment has the additional advantage of providing them with a feel for the broad impact and rapid tempo of nanotechnology research.

 

The Nanofabrication Facility is located at University Park campus in State College. It is easily accessible from urban centers across the state.
 
 

 

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Sponsors:  National Nanatechnology Infrastructure Network and National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development The Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK Center) was established at the Penn State College of Engineering in September 2008 through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program.