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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

Quantum Photonics Faculty Candidate Seminar featuring Konstantinos Lagoudakis
04/01/2015 @ 1:30 pm — 2:30 pm

Light-Matter Interactions in Semiconductors: An Endless Playground for Fundamental Physics and Applications

Konstantinos Lagoudakisstudied...

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...

Nanomanufacturing Faculty Candidate Seminar featuring Sarah L. Swisher
04/06/2015 @ 11:00 am — 12:00 pm

Flexible, Impedance-sensing “Smart Bandages” Enable Early Detection of Pressure Wounds

Sarah Swisher received her BS in Electr...

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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

Microsecond Raman imaging might probe cells, organs for disease

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A vibrational spectroscopic imaging technology that can take images of living cells could represent an advanced medical diagnostic tool for the early detection of cancer and other diseases.

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Science on Tap explores history lesson on nanotechnology

Drinks and laughter were shared among friends and colleagues during the monthly Science on Tap lecture last night.

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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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