University of Delaware opens new nanofab facility

The cleanroom houses advanced nanotechnology machinery and will enable researchers to create devices smaller than a human hair

The US University of Delaware (UD) has opened its $30m nanofabrication facility in the Patrick T. Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory on Academy Street.

The University says the 8,500ft2 (789.7m2) cleanroom houses the most advanced nanotechnology machinery in the mid-Atlantic region – giving students, researchers and local startup companies the ability to conduct their research on UD’s campus.

The UD Nanofabrication Facility (UDNF) will enable researchers in academia, industry and government to create devices smaller than a human hair, supporting scientific advances in fields ranging from medical diagnostics to environmental sensing and solar energy harvesting.

The opening was celebrated with a presentation for visiting guests on Nanofabrication and Biosystems by Harold G. Craighead, professor of applied and engineering physics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.