A single facility with complete nano capabilities

At the nanoscale, a speck of dust is a wrecking ball.

Just ask Farnaz Niroui, a graduate student researching energy-efficient electronics. For Niroui, making a single prototype is an expedition to six different facilities.

With her prototype packed in high-tech Tupperware, her stops are: initial assembly in Building 13; Building 24 for electron beam lithography; Building 39 to develop the resist; Building 13 to evaporate a layer of metal; Building 18 to grow molecules on top; and Building 38 for testing. It’s time-consuming and inefficient. “If I get a dust particle on the device or if my sample is exposed to air, I have to repeat the entire process,” she says.

MIT.nano will create a single, comprehensive facility for nanoscale work, allowing our researchers to do more.

They’ll have broader access to the tools they need. They’ll conduct their work—from imaging to synthesizing to prototyping—entirely within the building’s protective environment. And they’ll spend less time waiting because, at 200,000 square feet, MIT.nano will double the campus capacity for nano innovation.