PCCM, in conjunction with PMI, operates two large scale shared user research facilities: the Imaging and Analysis Center (IAC) and the Micro/Nano Fabrication Lab (MNFL) that are located in the Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment building. PCCM additionally supports The TIGRESS High Performance Computing Center and Visualization Laboratory that is operated by the University Office of Information Technology (OIT). The IAC is directed by Professor Nan Yao, and the space has been engineered and built for ultra-low vibration, noise and EMI operation. The 7300 sq. ft. 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. Ian Harvey. 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. Both the IAC and MNFL 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 Industrial Outreach Director, Professor Nan Yao by email or phone (609) 258-6394.
Industrial Collaborations and Outreach Seminar Series
PCCM has fostered collaborative partnerships beyond academia to include small start-up companies, large corporations, and national laboratories. These industrial collaborations have generated new intellectual property and innovative applications. PCCM hosts an Industrial and Government Labs Seminar Series that provides an opportunity for students and postdocs to meet with industry and government lab leaders. Designed by PCCM Industrial Outreach Director, Nan Yao, the seminars expose students and research scholars to industrial and government lab scientists, who talk about their fields and the intersection of science, industry, and government research.
Video of the Imaging and Analysis Center (IAC)