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Washington Nanofabrication Facility Updates

Scientists and engineers working in the Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF) have been busy over the past few months. In August, the WNF hosted the biannual Northwest Nanotechnology Laboratory Alliance (NWNLA) with generous support from Montana State University and the Molecular Analysis Facility. The goal of the biannual conference is to build partnerships between labs and foster community collaboration between lab users and vendors. This year, vendors and lab staff attended a variety of presentations, round table discussions, and a unique reception…

UW NanoES announces awardees of Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure seed grants

The Institute for Nano-engineered Systems (NanoES) announced the award of four seed grants in support of the use of nanotechnology tools to develop new, innovative technologies and devices. Awardees will receive up to $10,000 to carry out work in the UW’s Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF) and the Molecular Analysis Facility (MAF), key nanotechnology facilities in the Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure, which is one of 16 sites in the NSF’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) program.

Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure announces new seed grants

To support the use of nanotechnology tools to develop innovative, new technologies, the Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NNI) is offering seed grants to new, first-time users for work to be conducted in our fabrication or characterization facilities. These grants are designed to help users build and characterize prototypes, obtain preliminary results and conduct proof of concept studies. NNI is one of 16 sites in the National Science Foundation’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) program. As the Pacific Northwest node in NSF’s NNCI network,…

Small Business awards from DARPA and NASA fuel growth of UW spinout Tunoptix

WNF user Tunoptix, co-founded by UW Electrical & Computer Engineering Professors Arka Majumdar and Karl F. Böhringer, received a $1,500,000 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I award from NASA to advance their meta-optics imaging systems.

Bringing light into computers to accelerate AI and machine learning

UW ECE faculty members Sajjad Moazeni and Mo Li are leading a multi-institutional research team, which has received a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a new type of computer chip that uses laser light for AI and machine learning computation. The research team is working toward combining its phase-change material with microelectronics circuitry at the Washington Nanofabrication Facility.

Building a career at the nanoscale

Ana Constantin joins Facebook after three years of undergraduate and professional experience at the Washington Nanofabrication Facility April 30, 2021 As a sophomore majoring in biochemistry at the University of Washington, Ana Constantin was searching for opportunities to apply her knowledge and gain real-world experience to prepare her for the job market. Through the UW Career Center’s Handshake tool, she applied to the Undergraduate Lab Assistant program at UW’s Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF) and joined the lab in June 2018….

Undergrads: Apply today to be a WNF Research Assistant

We have an exciting opportunity for undergrads looking to gain experience working in a cleanroom! Our undergrad research assistants ensure WNF operations run smoothly by tracking and stocking inventory of chemicals and supplies, auditing and upkeep of cleanroom specifications and standards, and carrying out data entry and record keeping. In addition to on-the-job training from our research engineers, research assistants also have opportunities to network with professionals in advanced electronics, nanotechnology, semiconductor, and fabrication related job markets.

WNF seeks a Lithography Engineer

The WNF Lithography Engineer will be responsible for routine and directed research support, baseline process monitoring, equipment checks, basic maintenance, and user training and assistance in support of WNF’s electron beam lithography process line and, secondarily, its photolithography lines, enabling high resolution research processes for WNF’s interdisciplinary and widely varied users, both local and on a contracted fabrication basis. RESPONSIBILITIES:• Improve time-to-train by assuming primary responsibility for training new users while ensuring the necessary level of thoroughness to prevent risks…