Utah Nanofab Lab Affiliations

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For your convenience, we have included some basic information on the specific tool capabilities of other recharge centers and non-recharge Affiliated Labs available to you.

Affiliated Labs

Affiliated Labs are facilities operated by individual PI's who have a desire to make their capabilities available to others, with the consideration of on-going research. Fees are charged to offset the costs of operation, maintenance, and upgrading. For additional information or to schedule time on the equipment contact Amy VanRoosendaal. We will work with the faculty to determine availability.

  • Verigy Tester

    Verigy Tester is available in MEB 1337.

  • MRSEC Labs

    1. Organic spintronics Deposition System. Location: JFB B-28/B-29; Contact Prof. Valy Vardeny . Available 2014.
      A glove box and high-vacuum deposition system for the purpose of fabricating unique organic spintronics devices. The system purchased from Angstrom Engineering will have two independent vacuum chambers. It separates the process of organic semiconductor evaporation and metal electrode deposition into two specific chambers and thus reduce the cross contamination. The organic deposition chamber has four evaporation sources, where any three of them can run simultaneously to allow co-deposition. The vacuum pressure in both chambers can reach 10-8 Torr and this may lead to a much cleaner deposition. The most unique and important design of this glove box is that we would be able to transfer organic samples between two deposition chambers without breaking the vacuum. This in-situ transfer assures clean interface between two organic material layers and metal electrodes thus enhancing the device transport properties.
    2. The Sagnac Interferometer Laboratory MOKE with 10 nanoradian resolution (JFB B-11), available April, 2013. Contact: Prof. Brian Saam
    3. The Magnetic Resonance Laboratory (JFB B-24 and B-25) Contact: Prof. Christoph Boehme,

      Capable of basic X-band cw-EPR as well as double-resonance experiments; ENDOR, ELDOR. The special features of this facility include the ability to do optically and electrically detected EPR (ODMR/EDMR), with much higher sensitivity than can be attained with inductively-detected methods. Planned expansion of the facility includes *high-field* ODMR/EDMR, with the following features:

      • pulsed electron spin manipulation in the mm range at 240GHz and 330GHz
      • pulsed nuclear spin manipulation <600MHz
      • all common pulsed ESR, ESEEM, ENDOR excitation sequences will be possible
      • pi - times in the lower microsecond range (<4microseconds)
      • very good electrical and optical access, a sophisticated optical spectroscopy setup is part of the overall facility
      • the system will be setup such that it it can not inductively detect EPR (the conventional interferometric EPR detection), however, it will provide space so that this can be implemented at a later time at minimal cost - equipment less than 100k$, however, several years of postdoc work, this is what makes the EPR detection non-trivial)
      • it will be set up so that that DNP (dynamic nuclear polarization) is possible
      • it can function as a broad spectrum NMR spectrometer, even though specialized dedicated systems will be much better for this application
      This facility may be useful in a broad variety of materials science investigations, but the level of collaboration for use of this facility will be fairly high, and with the Boehme or Saam research group. The equipment is not off-the-shelf and it is fairly sophisticated and specialized.
    4. (3+3)-Pass Tandem Fabry-Perot Interferometer (produced by JRS Scientific Instruments)
      • Frequency range: up to 500GHz
      • Resolution: 0.1 GHz (up to 1% of FSR)
      • Contrast: 1:1010
      • Magnetic sensitivity: monolayer regime
      • Wavevector range: 0 2.3 105 cm-1
      • Built-in isolation system and active stabilization mechanism for maintaining parallelism and correlation between the etalon mirror pairs.

      Available May, 2013 in HEB 4515. Contact Prof. Mike Bartl ()

    5. THz Time-Domain Spectrometer based on a Coherent 4 watt average power ultrafast amplified laser system
      • Bandwidth ~ 10 THz; will allow for optical pump / THz probe spectroscopy
      • Located in MEB 1555D (in operation by May 2013) Contact: Ajay Nahata ()
    6. UV Time-Resolved Spectroscopy System based on a Coherent Chameleon ultrafast laser
      • Incorporates pulse picker and 2nd/3rd harmonic generation and will allow for UV pump / UV probe spectroscopy
      • Located in MEB 1555 (in operation by April 2013) Contact: Ajay Nahata ()


  • Microtomography Lab: MicroCT, a Microsystem characterization instrument developed in the Metallurgy department utilizing highly focused X-rays to provide 3-D internal rendering of MicroSystems at resolution of 5-20 microns. 
    Dr. Jan D. Miller, Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mechanical Behavior Laboratory
    • MTS Materials Test System with Laser Interferometer
    • MTS System with Teststar Digital Controller
    • Instron High Temperature Materials Test System

    Dr. Ravi Chandran, Metallurgical Engineering
  • Femtosecond Laser Systems 
    Dr. Steve Blair, Electrical & Computer Engineering & Dr. Val Vardeny, Physics Department
  • Utah State Center for Excellence for Biomedical Microfluidics 
    Dr. Bruce Gale, Mechanical Engineering
  • Microsystems Lab
    Florian Solzbacher, Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Analytical Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory 
    This campus-wide research facility sponsors collaborative activities among the Department of Chemistry, the College of Engineering, and the School of Medicine. The laboratory is equipped with an inventory of about $1 million in laser instrumentation with capability for ultratrace level, optically-based detection and sensing, and spectroscopic studies of interfacial phenomena.

Need Access to TEM/STEM?

For on-campus access to TEM/STEM, several instruments in the Biology Department and in the Health Sciences Center Electron Microscopy Core are available for access to trained individuals and for service requests. These are best used when your needs are met by a quick evaluation of the sample, for instance to see if it is of sufficient quality to invest in sending off-site for hi-resolution imaging. One of these instruments is an FEI Technai TF20, 200keV instrument. For requests or support, contact:

David M. Belnap
Electron Microscopy Core Facility
Department of Biochemistry
Department of Biology
30 North 1900 East
5C124 School of Medicine
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132 USA
Phone 801.585.1242
FAX 801.585.6364
David dot Belnap at utah dot edu

Given capability gaps in lattice imaging TEM on campus, we have created an alliance with CAMCOR at the University of Oregon in Eugene. You can contact UO directly to discuss you analysis needs, send your samples to them for preparation and/or analysis, and work with their experts live, "online" to determine areas of interest and acquire the images you need for high quality publication. They also provide other services including quantitative thin film analysis using EPMA "microbrobe". See the pdf here.


The Utah Nanofab will handle billing to your chartfield and accounts payable to CAMCOR, in a process that is easy and transparent to you.


Other Recharge Centers at the University of Utah with Useful Instruments and Tools

Other Campus Resources

  1. Sandia Summit (TM) design and visualization tools for surface micromachining (University Alliance). Also, 50 educational licenses for ANSYS 6.0 to perform computer modeling and simulation. Intellisuite modeling software by Intellisense. Fluent for microfluidics simulation.
  2. CADE lab: SUN Solaris machines to run Finite element analysis (FEA). Also available: Intellisuite MEMS design and modeling software, and CADENCE layout software, Pro/ENGINEER.
  3. Access to Utah High Performance Computing Center (UHPC) where extensive high speed computational hardware as well as several materials simulation software packages are available.

Off Campus Resources

  1. The Fraunhofer IZM (reliability and advanced packaging) maintains a branch office at the University of Utah Nanofab.
    Use this collaboration for advanced package and system development. IZM excel in medical and optical device and systems packaging for prototyping and pre-production.
  2. BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 
    Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry
  3. BYU EM Lab
  4. Sandia National Labs
  5. Los Alamos National Labs
  6. North Dakota State University Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering
    • Small to medium runs of PCBs
    • Small to medium runs of custom CSPs and BGAs
    • custom alloys of solder balls
    • thick film processing including printing and plating
  7. North Dakota State University Materials Characterization and Analysis Laboratory

    A variety of instruments exist at NDSU to augment those in the Micron Technology Foundation Inc. Microscopy Suite, including:

    • Real-time X-ray imaging and analysis (RTX)
    • nanoindenter
    • WDS-based (quantitiative) XRF

    More information available at NDSU's Instrumentation Page