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NSU Fabrication Cleanroom

NSU Fabrication Cleanroom is housed in the Marie V. McDemmond Center of Applied Research Building (MCAR), Norfolk State University (NSU) with the 6,000 square foot space designed to meet the ISO class 100/1000 standard. NSU Cleanroom Facility is a shared, state-of-the-art facility that supports a broad range of nanoscale science, engineering and technology projects by providing state-of-the-art equipment and resources coupled with expert staff support and necessary training. Frontend research projects are conducted including the fields of physical sciences, material sciences, life sciences, engineering, energy and space sciences in this cleanroom environment where the levels of dust, airborne microbes, temperature, and humidity are critically controlled.

NSU Fabrication Cleanroom

NSU Fabrication Cleanroom


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

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