Read more: Room 200 Renovation to Install New Nitride MOCVD System BeginsRead more: Room 200 Renovation to Install New Nitride MOCVD System Begins

Renovation began this week in NTW's Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) Lab located in Room 200 to prepare for the installation of a new dual-chamber Nitride MOCVD system which was moved into NTW on September 21, 2017. The Agilis MOCVD system manufactured by Agnitron has been enabled by Professor Hongping Zhao (ECE), a Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&Ms) Discovery Theme faculty recruitment. The new Agilis research system, capable of depositing on 50mm substrates at temperatures as high as 1150°C, is a load-locked system designed with two independent growth chambers. One chamber will be dedicated to III-Nitride materials and the second for novel II-IV-Nitride materials. The system will be facilitized over the coming months and will require some brief shutdowns of various systems while these new connections are made. We will notify all users well in advance of any planned tool outages as we bring this exciting new capability online, but please excuse any small inconveniences it may create

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For more information, contact NTW Interim Director John Carlin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or another NTW staff member.


Read more: Energy Storage Lab Adds 32 Cubic Foot Environmental Test Chamber
NTW's new Energy Storage Lab (located in Room 106 on the first floor) has started its' buildout with the installation of a large environmental testing chamber (ENV01). While the remainder of the lab will continue to be facilitized over the coming months under the direction of Professors Jung Hyun Kim and Vicky Doan-Nguyen, the environmental chamber is now available for use. The CSZ system (model ZPHS-32-6-SCT/AC) has interior chamber dimensions of 38"W x 38"D x 38"H and is capable of a -40°C to +190°C temperature cycling range and a 10% to 98% relative humidity range. A full spectrum lighting system also enables the testing of samples under solar radiation. [This system was enabled by IMR's Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&Ms) Discovery Theme.] Materials Innovation

For more information or to schedule training contact NTW Research Associate Jay Delombard (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or another NTW staff member.

 

Read more: NTW Lab Management System Adds Cleanroom Displays
NTW's Lab Management System (or "swipe" system) has been upgraded to include 43" display monitors in each bay of the cleanroom. The display in each bay contains some schedule details (current, previous and next user) for each tool located in that bay as well as a list of tools currently in use throughout the rest of the cleanroom. Some displays also contain a list of all the current users logged into the cleanroom. No two displays are the same so take a look at all of them to see what useful information is now available. In the near future we will also be adding display monitors to the Energy Storage and Biohybrid Lab, the MICA Lab, the NTW Main office and the user lounge in Room 102. If you have suggestions for information that would be useful to see displayed on these monitors please let us know.

For additional information contact NTW Lab Services Coordinator Derek Ditmer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or another NTW staff member.


Read more: MICA Lab Adds Low Temperature Probe Station
NTW's Mid-Infrared Characterization and Application (MICA) lab (located in Room 117) continues its buildout with the addition of a Lakeshore CRX6.5k cryogenic probe station (tool code PRB07) to provide low temperature device probing capability. Cooled by a closed cycle helium compressor the probe station supports measurements between 6.5K and 350K. The system is configured with four Triax probe arms and an optical fiber probe. Sample measurements can be made using a Keysight B1500A parametric device analyzer containing two SMUs, a ground unit, and a capacitance measurement unit. A Thorlabs four-channel fiber coupled laser (850nm, 1064nm, 1310nm, and 1550nm) is also available to provide excitation to the device under test.

For more information or to schedule training contact Dave Hollingshead (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or another NTW staff member.

 

Read more: Device Packing Capability Added with Flip Chip Bonder Installation
Nanotech West Labs has recently expanded its device packaging capabilities with the installation of a SET FC150 (tool code BND04) "flip chip" bonder. Designed to enable precision aligned chip or die bonding, the machine is configured with a low-contact force (up to 4N) solder reflow arm (SRA) with 2" chucks as well as a laser leveling system. A split field microscope and precision XY-stage enable placement accuracy of ~1µm while separate upper and lower IR heaters allow components to be heated up to 450° C. The FC150 completed qualification on 8/18/17 and is installed in Bay 4 of the cleanroom.

For more information or to schedule training contact Dave Hollingshead (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or another NTW staff member.