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The NSU Micro- and Nano-technology Center (MiNAC) is located within the Marie McDemmond Applied Research Center, and enables production of nano-scale optical and electronic devices. With capabilities in deposition, lithography, metrology and testing, and characterization, this facility is to be used for core education and training activities at The SCENE. The McDemmond Center  building also features state-of-the-art facilities for video conferencing, short course delivery, workshop sessions and presentations, and other convening activities.

NSU Cleanroom Facilities


PSU Cleanroom

The cleanroom at PSU is currently used to give students from high schools, community colleges, and 4-year universities from all over the United States core-skill set experiences in multiple aspects of nanotechnology development. Particularly, the PSU cleanroom facility is used as a “laboratory” in which PSU evaluates new equipment for teaching and instruction, and the facility is also used to develop in-lab, and remote, web-accessible learning products that have been developed through its NSF sponsored Nanotechnology Application and Career Knowledge (NACK) Network. NACK personnel have previously assisted more than 300 postsecondary institutions in developing nanotechnology programs through guidance in planning and design, instruction at educator workshops, and distribution of adaptable curricular materials. The extensive library of instructional materials, as well as the previously developed assessment and evaluation tools and results will be accessible to The SCENE personnel and staff.

PSU: Remotely Accessible Instruments for Nanotechnology (RAIN)

Provide remote access to sophisticated nano-scale characterization tools.

Provide educational opportunities to learners who would normally be isolated – geographically and/or financially – from such resources.

Can be utilized for:

  • Outreach Experience
  • Workshop Demonstrations
  • Class Demonstrations
  • Supplement the Equipment
  • Instant Access by students from any location

RAIN Remote Labs:

  • Geology Mineral Lab
  • Plant Growth in Solution of Nanoparticles
  • Determination of Percent Oxygen in Air
  • Gold Nanoparticle Synthesis and Characterization
  • Nickel Nanowire Synthesis and Characterization
  • Silver Nanowire Synthesis and Characterization
  • Dye-Sensitized Nanocrystalline Solar Cell Fabrication and Characterization

Fig. On-line access to the RAIN system for nanotechnology training