Nanoscale Science & Engineering (NSE) research crosses departmental boundaries and is a driving force for multidisciplinary collaborations across campus. However, many of the tools that enable NSE are not economically feasible in individual research labs. Making these tools available in shared facilities, together with staff for operations, development, maintenance, and training, enables the many research groups on campus with nano-relevant interests to pursue the most cutting-edge NSE research.
The new Stanford Nano Center (SNC) is located in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Most of the SNC laboratory space is located in an extensive underground level, 18 feet deep, accessible from the basement levels of both the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the Huang Engineering Center, but seismically isolated from both. This space provides a home with cutting-edge specifications on the control of vibration, acoustics, electromagnetic interference, light, and cleanliness that are essential for the manipulation of matter down to the molecular and atomic scale.
An additional 2500 square feet, on the first floor, is designed as a flexible clean room to complement the capabilities of the SNF and the nanopatterning facility in the SNC basement. In addition to providing a home for new tools, SNC enabled space optimization elsewhere on campus by providing a home for tools from four other locations: the former Ginzton microfabrication facility; the phased out Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies (CPIMA) in the Stauffer building; and a few tools from the SNF and SNL.
Construction began in early 2008 and the center opened in Fall 2009. It is an integral part of Stanford's Science and Engineering Quad (SEQ), which also includes the Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center, the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building, and the Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering building (under construction).
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“Shared facilities that offer access to state of the art scientific instruments are an essential resource for Stanford’s faculty and students, “ says Ann Arvin, Vice Provost and Dean of Research. “ Enhancing our capacity to do science at the nanoscale in the new SNC facility has the broadest possible relevance across all of the disciplines -from physics to biology and medicine. Having these remarkable research tools and highly skilled research scientists to guide their use is certain to create scientific advances and insights that we cannot begin to predict."