Birck Nanotechnology Center

Birck Nanotechnology Center Enhancement

Purdue University has announced $100 million of semiconductor facility updates with phase one of $49 million being approved by the Purdue Board of Trustees in April of 2023, for capital project and equipment procurement to upgrade the 18-year-old national treasure Birck Nanotechnology Center. The $49 million project will increase cleanroom space, add fabrication and characterization equipment and capabilities, and enhance the facility's capacity to support the lab-to-lab transition for CHIPS Act initiatives. This enhanced state-of-the-art facility will also support Purdue's broader, long-term research goals.

The goals of the CHIPS and Science Act are to advance microelectronics and advanced packaging research and foster collaborations with industry partners. This project will enable Purdue to support this mission by providing Birck researchers with the resources they need to accelerate innovation, work efficiently with industry collaborators, and achieve the goals of CHIPS and Science Act through development of new technologies that can revolutionize the semiconductor industry. Purdue is committed to driving innovation and economic development, and this project underscores Purdue's commitment to providing critical resources to help our researchers become even more impactful. By supporting industry collaborations and the lab-to-fab transition, the Birck Nanotechnology Center is playing a critical role in helping to bring cutting-edge technologies to manufacturing. Construction on the project is expected to begin in the Fall of 2023, with completion targeted for Fall of 2024.

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About the Birck Nanotechnology Center

The Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue University is a multidisciplinary research facility that includes professionally staffed 25,000 square foot. Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory cleanroom and its state-of-the-art suite of tools. Together with specialized characterization labs throughout the Birck facility, this creates an environment for the research community to design, fabricate and characterize materials and devices at the nanoscale and integrate them at the advanced system and packaging level. Birck enables collaboration among faculty, researchers, and staff engineers, and facilitates partnerships with other academic institutions, industry, and government. It serves as a platform for public and private partnerships, bringing together diverse expertise and resources to address pressing challenges in the field of nanotechnology.

About Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory Cleanroom

The Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory is a 25,000 sq. ft. ISO Class 3-4-5-6 (Class 1-10-100-1000) nano-fabrication cleanroom containing leading-edge equipment for epitaxy, lithography, etching, processing and packaging.