Howard Nanoscale Science and Engineering Facility (HNF) occupies a specially renovated wing on the first floor of the Engineering Building.The five large laboratories cover ~6000 sq. ft. of space and the HNF has about 2000 sq ft of contiguous office space. The HNF is an established centralized user facility containing over $17M of micro- and nano fabrication and characterization equipment, accessible by external and internal academic, government and industrial users. Currently, HNF has integrated facilities in the following categories:
Plasma Etching / Deposition Facilities
CVD Deposition Facilities (SiC,GaN)
Societal and Ethical Issues
The demand on HNF user facilities at Howard is at an all-time high. The HNF has large number of researchers are routinely engaged in research and development in diverse areas such as electronics, materials science, optics, polymer science, membrane technology, medicine, physics and chemistry. The three technical areas are Chemistry (Characterization Science), Electronics and Materials (wide band gap devices and applications to nanotechnology), and materials (nanofiltration membranes and technology). Numerous other instruments and techniques for nanofabrication and characterization have been developed.