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NanoPower Research Labs

Facilities and Labs

The NanoPower Research Laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized as a lead center for research into the development of nanomaterials and their characterization, and their subsequent use in improving energy conversion and storage devices. The NPRL encompasses 6 separate laboratories with a combine total of over 6000 square feet of research space. These laboratories include: a photovoltaic characterization laboratory; wet chemistry synthesis facility; a thermal, spectroscopic and microscopic characterization facility; an electrochemistry/chromatography lab, battery testing laboratory with extensive hood space; and a laser laboratory. All of the laboratory space is dedicated to both basic and applied nanotechnology research associated with the development of materials and devices for energy conversion (e.g. solar cells, batteries, fuel cells).

The cleanroom facility at RIT has been named the Semiconductor & Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory (SMFL). The SMFL offers processing resources and technical expertise in the design and development of semiconductor devices, microsystems and nanostructures. The main portion of the facility is 15,000 sq. ft. of class 1000 cleanroom with a bay and chase configuration. Additional laboratory space includes a class 100/10 MEBES E-beam Laboratory (established by Perkin-Elmer), an Excimer Laser Laboratory (established by the Keck Foundation), a surface analysis laboratory, a chemical-mechanical planarization laboratory, and an electrical characterization laboratory.

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