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Welcome to the Birck Nanotechnology Center website! The BNC leverages advances in nanoscale science and engineering to create innovative nanotechnologies addressing societal challenges and opportunities in computing, communications, the environment, security, energy independence, and health. In turn, the BNC exploits the accelerating progress in nanotechnology utilizing the most advanced nanoscale instrumentation to pursue answers to fundamental questions in the life and physical sciences. The interplay between these two complementary arcs of inquiry fosters a stimulating interdisciplinary environment for discovery that will engage us well into the 21st century.

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Current News

'Thermal metamaterial' innovation of waste-heat harvesting technology for power plants, factories

An international research team has used a "thermal metamaterial" to control the emission of radiation at high temperatures, an advance that could bring devices able to efficiently harvest waste heat from power plants and factories.

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Levitating nanoparticle improves 'torque sensing'

Researchers have levitated a tiny nanodiamond particle with a laser in a vacuum chamber, using the technique for the first time to detect and measure its "torsional vibration," an advance that could bring new types of sensors and studies in quantum m

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Discovery Park invites campus, community to open house, series of TED-style research talks

Discovery Park at Purdue University is hosting an Open House and Convergence Conference on Sept. 23, showcasing Discovery Park's interdisciplinary research successes and opportunities through laboratory tours, TED-style talks and presentations by cen

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Introduction

Birck Facility
Overview

The Birck Nanotechnology Center opened in July of 2005. This facility comprises 186,000 square feet, providing office space for 45 faculty, 21 clerical and technical staff, and up to 180 graduate students. The heart of the building is a 25,000 sq. ft. Class 1-10-100 nanofabrication cleanroom (Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory), part of which is configured as a biomolecular cleanroom with separate entry and gowning areas and isolated air flow. The building also includes over 22,000 sq. ft. of laboratory space external to the cleanroom, including special low vibration rooms for nanostructures research, with temperature control to less than 0.1 °C. Other laboratories are specialized for nanophotonics, crystal growth, bio-nanotechnology, molecular electronics, MEMS and NEMS, surface analysis, SEM/TEM, electrical characterization, RF systems, instruction and training, and precision micro-machining and the Hall Nanometrology Laboratory. In addition, a unique nanotechnology incubator facility is provided for interaction with industry.

Equipment

The entire set of resources provided by this 186,000 square foot facility are designed to support collaborative interdisciplinary research in nanotechnology.

Operations

One of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the world, the BNC facility is designed to support multidisciplinary research in nanotechnology and to foster interaction between researchers and research disciplines.

 

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