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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

AAE alum, C. Douglas Ebersole (BSAAE '82) named Air Force Research Lab leader

C. Douglas Ebersole (BSAAE '82), has been named the top civilian leader at the Air Force Research Laboratory. Ebersole will manage a workforce of about 10,000 military, civil service and contractor employees and a $4.4 billion budget. Most recently,

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Fractals aid efforts to understand heat transport at nanoscale

Researchers for the first time have applied a modern theory of heat transport in experiments with semiconductors used in computers and lasers, with implications for the design of devices that convert waste heat into electricity and the control of ove

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Purdue to advance freeze-drying technology through rocket science

Purdue University has created a new lyophilization consortium, LyoHUB, to improve freeze-drying technology to make food, pharmaceuticals and biotech products safer and more affordable. The center is funded by the National Institute of Standards an

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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.