The Nanofabrication Central Facility (NCF) contains the varied pieces of equipment required for a complete fabrication sequence of devices such as transistors and lasers as well as optoelectronic, nanophotonic and microfluidic devices. This facility also offers tools for lithography, etching, metal and dielectric deposition, and various thermal treatments. The NCF provides the primary fabrication support for faculty and students in Engineering and Physics studying nanostructures and advanced devices and also provides technological services for departments, including Biology and Medicine, Chemistry and Geological Sciences. Additionally, this facility supports graduate and undergraduate instruction, including an undergraduate Design of Semiconductor Devices experimental course that is entirely run on NCF equipment.
The NCF is organized primarily as a self-use facility, which allows users the opportunity to develop critical skills to perform advanced research. The NCF technical staff will provide new users with practical training, including the facility standard operating procedures, safety training requirements, and the safe operation of the instruments. In addition to supporting authorized users, the NCF technical staff is also available to perform instrument operations for researchers.
The NCF is administered by Instrumentation for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI) and is run on a user fee basis, where the fees collected are used to partially offset operational expenses. The NCF is available to researchers from all Brown University departments as well as external researchers from academic institutions and commercial organizations.
Engineering Research Center (ERC) 010
345 Brook Street
Providence, RI 02906