The Nanoscale Fabrication and Characterization Facility

PINSE supports the Nanoscale Fabrication and Characterization Facility (NFCF), a 4,000-ft2 cleanroom user facility located in the sub-basement of Benedum Hall. The NFCF was inaugurated on September 29, 2006 and has grown substantially. The facility houses state-of-the-art equipment with core nano-level fabrication/analysis capability. There are several features that make the capabilities of NFCF unique, including 5 different types of Lithography (Optical, EBL, Dual Beam, and Imprint), a Field-Emission Microprobe (EPMA), and a TEM. The NFCF is open to University of Pittsburgh researchers, and the NFCF engages external academic and industrial users on a regular basis. This interdisciplinary user facility will act as a catalyst for further collaborations among the different departments and schools at the University of Pittsburgh. The NFCF is organized to provide training of graduate students in applications of advanced nanoscience fabrication and characterization techniques. The dedicated staff also is available to instruct, assist, and provide service to occasional users. 

The NFCF uses FOM software to manage instrument schedules and billing.  Read More

The current FY16 rate schedule for University of Pittsburgh, External-Academic and Industrial/Commercial Users can be found here.


The NFCF is comprised of two areas of instrumentation:


Fabrication (Cleanroom)