Research Quick Facts
The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology is a state-of-the-art facility equipped to serve both the current generation of nanotechnology scientist, developers, and manufacturers, and the future researchers who will usher in nanoscience's second century. The research efforts of the Singh Center are organized into six general categories:
- Nanophotonics, Electronics, and Magnetics
- Mechanics, Materials, and Interfaces
- Biological Applications of Micro- and Nanotechnology
- Microsystems and Nanosystems
The whole is at least as great as the sum of its parts. The ability to manipulate matter on the nanoscale — the level of only a few, or even a single, atom — has the potential to not only broaden our understanding of structure-property relations of materials, but also to allow us to design materials with specific and useful functionalities.tailored for specific applications.Read More
Controlling the flow and understanding the behavior of fluids at the small scale allows for the miniaturization of fluidic systems, with application ranging from cell manipulation to better diagnostic testing to creation of multiphase flows and structures. Moving, mixing, using microscopic amounts of fluid is the essence of microfluidics, a field that much like nanotechnology.Read More
Nanophotonics, Electronics, and Magnetics
Controlling the flow and interaction of photons and electrons in micro- and nanofabricated circuits is the key to creating ever faster, ever smaller, and improved systems such as computers, communication systems, solar cells, and energy converters. These devices that have become so integrated into our daily lives were made possible largely throughRead More
Mechanics, Materials, and Interfaces
The creation and understanding of mechanisms and surfaces from the micron scale down to the atomic scale is the basis for understanding the nanoscale interactions between different materials. Focusing on the ways in which mechanical properties such as elasticity, thermal motion, and kinetics affect nanostructuresRead More
Biological Applications of Micro and Nanotechnology
Understanding organic materials and life at its smallest scale, where proteins and enzymes govern the workings of organisms on the large scale, is enabled by micro- and nanotechnology — leading to areas such as custom design of precisely targeted drugs and therapies, as well as improved biointerfacesRead More
Microsystems and Nanosystems
The fabrication and characterization of devices and systems on the small scale can lead to new structures, sensors, and actuators that transform our lives — from improving the functionality of our portable electronics, to keeping us safe in (and perhaps helping us drive) our automobiles, to more efficient energyRead More
Facilities Quick Facts
The Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility (QNF), is an open access user facility that provides equipment resources and staff assistance for building devices and structures at the micro- and nanoscale. In addition to supporting academic research, we serve as a regional resource in welcoming all projects from other universities, industry and national laboratories.
For more information on available equipment, their capabilities and availability, please navigate to the QNF website or contact the Facility Director, Noah Clay. Feel free to reach out directly with questions, concerns and suggestions about our facility, or needs in technical assistance. Read More
The Nanoscale Characterization Facility supports current generation tools for electron-beam and ion-beam analyses that serve Penn, as well as other university and industry users in the Philadelphia region. The new facility comprises eight rooms specially designed to host state-of-the-art electron and atomic force microscopes. The facility includes a sample preparation lab with complete coating and plasma cleaning capabilities, a computer lab for offline image and data analysis, and office and meeting space for staff and industrial users. The facility also maintains an ion scattering laboratory featuring a 5.1 MeV ion accelerator for thin film characterization and ion implantation. Read More
The Scanning and Local Probe Facility hosts atomic force, scanning Raman, and scanning tunneling microscopes in addition to an electronic probe station.
This comprehensive suite allows devices, structures, and materials to be imaged/characterized mechanically and electrically in a wide range of environments from ultrahigh vacuum to liquids, as well as a 25K-400K temperature span. Read More
The Property Measurement Facility provides local and external users state-of-the-art measurement capabilities in magnetometry, optics, electrical and thermal transport, and heat capacity serving as a focal point for magnetic, optical and electronic studies.
This user facility allows users to perform a wide range of measurements. Equipment includes 2 Quantum Design PPMS systems capable of 9 T magnetic fields and temperatures from 1.7 K to 400 K, a Quantum Design MPMS SQUID magnetometer capable of measurements from 2° K to 800° K, and a custom-built optical absorbance/photoluminescence system with detection bandwidth from 350 nm to 1.7 microns. Read More
Become a User
As the only Nanotechnology Center in the Mid-Atlantic region which houses three advanced research facilities in one state of the art location, the Singh Center for Nanotechnology is committed to support industry and academic research.
For more information on equipment capabilities, recommendations for materials, equipment, process and safety training, please contact the appropriate User Program Manager. Read More
ISIS: Instrumentation Reservation
The ISIS reservation portal is a full-service interlocking, reservation, and billing system to handle all of your reservation needs.
ISIS handles training requests, user-management, reservations, billing, incident management, interlocking, tools, and equipment management.
Registration is simple.
Go to https://isis.nano.upenn.edu.
- Training Requests
- Incident Management
- Equipment Management