Pictured Left: PCCM/PRISM IAC Environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) Lab.   Pictured Right: Surface of a catalytic material imaged by the ESEM.PCCM, in conjunction with PRISM, operates two large scale shared user research facilities. These are the Imaging and Analysis Center (IAC) and the Micro/Nano Fabrication Lab (MNFL). PCCM additionally supports The TIGRESS High Performance Computing Center and Visualization Laboratory which is operated by the University Office of Information Technology (OIT). The IAC and MNFL are located in the newly constructed SEAS Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment building.

The 7300 sq. ft. IAC is directed by Dr. Nan Yao, and the space has been engineered and built for ultra-low vibration, noise and EMI operation. The IAC provides for the micro chemical and micro/nano structural analysis of hard and soft materials and through its dedicated technical staff implements, operates, and trains its users on high-end, state-of-the-art instrumentation, such as scanning and transmission electron microscopy (including an environmental scanning electron microscope for biological materials), focused ion beams, scanning probe microscopy, X-ray diffraction, spectroscopic ellispometer, photoluminence measurement, and Raman spectrometers optical based systems. The above pictures demonstrate a trained IAC user operating the environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM), and images of materials acquired by using the tool.

The 10,000 sq. ft. MNFL provides class 100-1000 clean room space and is directed by Dr. G. Pat Watson. The MNFL capabilities include deposition, lithography, metrology and pattern transfer equipment for working with a variety of materials to fabricate devices and structures for electronics, photonics, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and biological applications. The MNFL also provides lapping/polishing and packaging capabilities. The pictures below are of a trained MNFL user operating one of the deposition tools in the lab (left) and the grating pattern fabricated (right) imaged by using equipment in the facility.

Both facilities are open to all members of the Princeton community as well as external users including industry, outside academic institutions and government laboratories. For further information contact PCCM External Outreach Director, Dr. Anthony Novembre, by email or phone (609) 258-6855.

Pictured Left: PRISM MNFL Cleanroom bay showing dielectric materials deposition tool.   Pictured Right: Nanoscale grating structure fabricated in the MNFL.