Facilities  
 

Researchers at the International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) and their partners in academia, industry, and national laboratories have access to excellent user facilities for characterization based on electron, ion, and photon radiation, as well as scanning probe techniques. Shared facilities are available for maintaining mechanical/electronic scattering and biophysics/biochemistry instrumentation. The IIN has provided support for major instrumentation housed in many of these shared facilities. Some of the available facilities are listed below, including links to their sites.

The Center for Nanofabrication and Molecular Self-Assembly was constructed on the Evanston campus in 2002 specifically to support nanotechnology research. Now called Ryan Hall, the facility was anchored by a $14 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services spearheaded by Professors Chad Mirkin and Mark Ratner, and is one of the first federally funded facilities of its kind in the United States. The 43,000 sq. ft. building houses state-of-the-art research, analytical and laser laboratories, and the main offices for the Institute.

The Institute is a partner with the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory. The CNM is a joint partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the State of Illinois, as part of DOE'S Nanoscale Science Research Center program. The CNM serves as a user-based center, providing tools and infrastructure for nanoscience and nanotechnology research. The CNM's mission includes supporting basic research and developing advanced instrumentation that will help generate new scientific insights and create new materials with novel properties.

Life Sciences Collaborative Access Team (LS-CAT) provides access to x-ray diffraction facilities at Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Photon Source that enable researchers to determine the structure of proteins through macromolecular crystallography.

DuPont, Northwestern, Dow Collaborative Access Team (DND-CAT) provides access to x-ray diffraction facilities at Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Photon Source for the study of two dimensional or quasi-two dimensional atomic structures (surfaces, interfaces and thin films) and polymer science and technology. Both are areas of immense technological importance.

The Institute has provided substantial support for capital equipment housed in the Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental (NUANCE) Center. The NUANCE Center integrates three existing complementary instrumentation facilities at NU (NIFTI, EPIC, and Keck-II) under a unified management umbrella and contiguous space.

The Nanoscale Integrated Fabrication, Testing and Instrumentation (NIFTI) facility was created by the Institute with funding from the State of Illinois to bridge the gap between hard nanostructures, soft materials, biological sciences, quantitative mechanical and electrical analysis, and nanopatterning. It supports a broad range of nanoscale science and engineering characterization needs by providing outstanding resources coupled with expert staff.

The Electron Probe Instrumentation Center (EPIC) offers a wide range of electron microscopy (both transmission and scanning), accessory instrumentation, and expertise to the scientific and engineering community through education, collaboration, and service. The Institute provided support for the acquisition of a TEM, FESEM, and FEG microscope housed in EPIC.

Keck Interdisciplinary Surface Science (Keck-II) Center was established in late 2001 through the support of W. M. Keck Foundation. Keck-II facilitates research, collaboration, education, and outreach in all science from soft biological matter to hard physical matter, specializing in surface analysis and nano-scale characterization. The Institute provided support for the acquisition of an IR Spectrometer and Raman instrument housed in Keck-II.

The Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC) facility provides access to and education on the proper use of instrumentation needed for molecular structure characterization. The synthesis of small molecules fuels research of numerous core disciplines and interdisciplinary activities, including chemistry, molecular/cellular biology, drug discovery, chemical biology, translational medical research, materials, catalysis, nanotechnology and energy storage/conversion. The Institute provided support for the acquisition of the Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer, Digital NMR, and X-ray Diffractometer housed in the IMSERC.

The J.B. Cohen X-ray Diffraction Facility provides general purpose x-ray equipment for diffraction studies and can make accommodations for non-routine experiments such as, special attachments for high and low temperatures, vacuum or protective atmospheres, monochromators, special detectors, etc.

The Biological Imaging Facility (BIF) is a shared-use research and training resource that supports confocal, fluorescence, and transmission electron microscopy for analysis of research on the cellular level. The facility is organized so users can prepare samples, capture and analyze images, and create final presentations in one room, all with the support of hands-on staff to provide training.

NUFAB is an advanced nanotechnology research facility that provides instrumentation for research in MEMs/NEMs, nano-bio, nano/microelectronics, and other related areas.

The Center for Advanced Molecular Imaging facility provides researchers with access to all known imaging modalities as well as new imaging technologies developed within the center. The facility is focused on providing multi-modal analysis of biological systems from the single cell to the whole animal.

The Quantitative Bioelemental Imaging Center provides researchers with access to high resolution imaging and quantification instrumentation supported by technical staff.

The High Throughput Analysis Laboratory provides researchers with equipment and expertise for the development and execution of high throughput biological analysis and screening.