Six In-House Research Facilities and a Host of
Utilizing six research Facilities and multiple affiliated User programs and research laboratories, Foundry scientists help Users address challenges at the nanoscale while also pursuing an internal research program centered around four interdisciplinary research themes: Combinatorial Nanoscience; Nanointerfaces; Multimodal in situ Nanoimaging; and Single-Digit Nanofabrication.
- Imaging and Manipulation of Nanostructures
- This Facility focuses on state-of-the-art characterization and manipulation of nanostructures—from “hard” to very “soft” matter—combining electron, optical and scanning probe microscopies.
- This Facility focuses on advanced lithographic and thin-film processing techniques emphasizing integration with chemical and biological nanosystems and the development of nanoelectronic, nanomagnetic and nanophotonic devices.
- Inorganic Nanostructures
- This Facility focuses on the science of semiconductor, carbon and hybrid nanostructures—including design and synthesis of nanocrystals, nanowires and nanotubes—and study of their electronic applications.
- Organic and Macromolecular Synthesis
- This Facility focuses on studies of “soft" materials—including synthesis of organic molecules, macromolecules, polymers and their assemblies, with access to functional systems, photoactive, organic-inorganic hybrid and porous materials.
- Biological Nanostructures
- This Facility focuses on new materials based on the self-assembly of biopolymers and bio-inspired polymers, new probes for bio-imaging and synthetic biology techniques to re-engineer organisms and create hybrid biomolecules to interface with devices.
- Theory of Nanostructured Materials
- This Facility focuses on theoretical support to guide understanding of new principles, behavior and experiments—including electrical transport in nanoscale molecular junctions, self-assembly of biological nanostructures and computation of spectroscopy at hybrid nanoscale interfaces.
In addition to the six Foundry Facilities, Users also have access to affiliated research centers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, including the Advanced Light Source, the National Center for Electron Microscopy and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center.