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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.

Current Events

Jeff C.H. Ko, DVM, MS, DACVAA Seminar
03/30/2015 @ 10:00 am — 11:00 am

Biosensors and nanotechnology in modern veterinary and human medicine: research challenges


Quantum Photonics Faculty Candidate Seminar featuring Philip Walther
03/30/2015 @ 1:30 pm — 2:30 pm

Photonic Quantum Cloud Computing and Quantum Simulation

Philip Walther is a tenured Associate Professor at the Faculty of Physics at the U...

LAAST Seminar Series featuring Prof. Sankaran Mahadevan
04/02/2015 @ 11:00 am — 12:00 pm

Uncertainty Quantification in Reliability Prediction of Aging Systems

Professor SankaranMahadevanhas more than twenty-five years of resear...

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Birck Facility

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.


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


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.

Current News

New technique could bring quality-control tool for nanocomposites

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Layered nanocomposites containing tiny structures mixed into a polymer matrix are gaining commercial use, but their complex nature can hide defects that affect performance.

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Plasmonic ceramic materials key to advances in nanophotonics for extreme operational conditions

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Progress in developing nanophotonic devices capable of withstanding high temperatures and harsh conditions for applications including data storage, sensing, health care and energy will depend on the research community and indus

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Simulations provide new insight into emerging nanoelectronic device

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers have used an advanced model to simulate in unprecedented detail the workings of "resistance-switching cells" that might replace conventional memory for electronics applications, with the potential to bring faster an

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