USC staff and researchers discuss the need to upgrade campus facilities and tools in order to keep up with advances in cutting edge research and innovation, including the new nanofabrication laboratory, which will be built inside the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience.
The center will house up to 30 flexible labs, Class 100 and 1,000 nanotechnology cleanrooms, and a suite of microscopy imaging technology. The nanofabrication laboratory will be focused on interdisciplinary research with next generation nanomaterials and contain characterization (surface, optical, electrical), lithography, imaging, and device integration resources.
The laboratory will allow academic institutions, national laboratories, and industrial partners to further enable nanoscale characterization and accelerate research. Both the John O’Brien Nanofabrication Laboratory and USC’s Electron and Optical Microscopy Characterization Laboratory (Center for Electron Microscopy and MicroAnalysis, CEMMA) will be in the new Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences. The building’s anticipated opening dates is Spring/Summer 2018.
The John O’Brien Nanofabrication Laboratory was recently named after John O’Brien (1969-2017), the executive vice dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, after his passing on March 31, 2017.