The growing area of study broadly termed nanotechnology provides a new set of challenges to the facility designer. While evolutionary changes in the quality of clean spaces occur, it is the collaborative nature of this field that requires revolutionary changes in facility design. The main challenge is to accommodate areas of a facility with quite different technological needs, and to design and locate them such that clashes in technology are avoided. The Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue University is a recent facility that was designed and constructed to accommodate the diverse needs of nanotechnology research, and is currently in full operation. This case study discusses the decision points in the design of a nanotechnology research facility and their effect on the implementation of this facility. Of particular interest is the conjoining of a semiconductor/MEMS nanofabrication cleanroom with a pharmaceutical-style biocleanroom.
NOTE: This seminar is also the keynote address at the Controlled Environment Testing Association annual meeting.
The Bindley Bioscience Center
Purdue Discovery Park
The NASA Institute for Nanoelectronics and Computing
The Network for Computational Nanotechnology
NCN Student Leadership Council
Department of Chemistry
Department of Physics
School of Chemical Engineering
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
School of Mechanical Engineering
Birck Nanotechnology Center, Room 1001