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Nanotechnology   

There’s a big future in small things.  Nanotechnology is the new frontier of engineering, imagining new possibilities in manufacturing, fluid mechanics, robotics, combustion, biomedicine, measurements, heat transfer, and more. Purdue hosts the largest academic cleanroom in the world, the Birck Nanotechnology Center, where interdisciplinary teams have access to the absolute cutting-edge of nano-scale characterization (microscopy and measurements) and fabrication (deposition, etching, lithography, etc.)  With these tools, mechanical engineers conduct world-class research in:

  • Nanoscale manufacturing
  • Micro- and nano-fluidics
  • Biomolecular detection
  • Nanoscale thermal transport
  • Computational modeling
  • Nanomechanical materials
Lab on a Chip can capture individual cancer cells, from a simple blood sample

 

Super-resolution microscopy reveals details of 'walking' DNA

 

The Birck Nanotechnology Center encompasses 186,000 square feet of labs and research space. The centerpiece is the Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory, an ISO Class 3-4-5 cleanroom which filters out micron-level particles, and exchanges the air nine times a minute.