A single facility with complete nano capabilities

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

Just ask Farnaz Niroui, assistant professor who is researching energy-efficient electronics. When Niroui was a graduate student at MIT, before MIT.nano, making a single prototype was an expedition to six different facilities.

With her prototype packed in high-tech Tupperware, her stops were: 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 was time-consuming and inefficient. “If I got a dust particle on the device or if my sample was exposed to air, I had to repeat the entire process,” she says.

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

They have broader access to the tools they need. They can 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 doubles the campus capacity for nano innovation.