3D printing innovation at M4 Lab featured on 10TV

The newly established Medical Modeling, Materials and Manufacturing Lab (M4 Lab) was recently featured on WBNS-10TV. In the lab, experts work to find innovative engineering solutions for real-world needs in clinical medicine. The M4 Lab is a hub for innovative approaches to health care and advanced manufacturing techniques that brings together experts from the College of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology, …

NSF funds $1.5M tool to advance next-gen nanotechnology at Nanotech West Lab

Scientists at The Ohio State University earned another key tool for semiconductor research, which is paving the way for advanced technologies beneficial to society. The National Science Foundation approved a $1.5 million Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) toward the purchase and installation of an electron-beam lithography system at Nanotech West Laboratory, operated by the Institute for Materials Research (IMR). Principal Investigator Siddharth Rajan, Ohio State professor of Electrical …

MAEBL 2020 offers support, solutions to research community facing coronavirus

Despite being geographically scattered, a small but growing community of engineers, scientists and students working in fields utilizing e-beam lithography came together this July at the fourth annual, and first virtual, Meeting for Advanced Electron Beam Lithography (MAEBL). But virtual attendees at this year’s annual event had more in common than their interest in lithography; these researchers from the U.S., …

Stage 3 – Nanotech West Lab reopens today

We are happy to announce that NTW opens today (Monday, June  22, 2020) for limited use under Stage 3 of the Office of Research, Research Recovery Plan. Implementing guidelines consistent with that plan, the following will apply (abridged): Returning researchers must complete the training on BuckeyeLearn at https://go.osu.edu/returningtocampus and complete the attestation form. After e-mailing confirmation of completion to nanotech@osu.edu, …

New maskless aligner system boosts Nanotech West lithography capabilities

Nanotech West Laboratory has substantially expanded its lithography capabilities with the recent installation of an advanced maskless aligner system. The state-of-the-art maskless technology of the recently acquired MLA150, from Heidelberg Instruments, allows researchers to leave traditional photomasks at the cleanroom door. The photolithography system is ideal for rapid prototyping due to its ease of use, high-speed performance and non-contact exposure. …

Get Ready! – Heidelberg Maskless Aligner Installation Nearly Finished

Nanotech West (NTW) staff has been hard at work over the last few weeks to finish the installation and qualification of our new maskless alignment system, the Heidelberg MLA150 . The initial qualification tests have looked very promising and the system is a dream to use even for very small samples. The final installation steps and acceptance testing are currently …

Nanotech West Lab hosted the first annual NTW Thanksgiving Potluck

On Friday, November 22nd Nanotech West Lab hosted the first annual NTW Thanksgiving Potluck. A continuation of the “Ask me Anything” series that started in the September, the event was a hit! Nearly 40 users and staff enjoyed an afternoon full of good company and a huge assortment of delicious dishes from all over the world. No one went home …

NTW acquires advanced maskless aligner from Heidelberg Instruments

Nanotech West Lab (NTW) is pleased to announce the acquisition of an advanced maskless aligner (MLA150) from Heidelberg Instruments. In contrast to a traditional mask aligner, the MLA150 directly exposes electronic patterns onto the sample quickly with no contact and without the need to produce a physical mask. This system is capable of patterning features as small as 0.6 µm …

NTW hosts first “Ask Me Anything” luncheon for users

On Wednesday, August 9th, Nanotech West Lab hosted their first “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) for lab users with more than 40 users attending. The AMA is a wonderful way to share tips and ideas, meet the staff and fellow researchers, and – of course – ask the staff anything. These informal “office hours” allow users to come and go as …

Sparking kids’ interest in science, engineering

Materials Science and Engineering Professor Vicky Doan-Nguyen has a knack for tapping into kids’ innate curiosity to get them excited about science. She also wants every child – especially girls – to know anyone can be a scientist or engineer. Since joining Ohio State in 2017, Doan-Nguyen has spearheaded two outreach programs that are successfully engaging central Ohio kids in …