BRK Metrology Core

Overview of Services

Birck Nanotechnology Center, one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the world, is designed to support multidisciplinary research in nanotechnology and to foster interaction between researchers and research disciplines. The Birck Nanotechnology Center, opened July of 2005, totals 186,000 square feet of cleanroom, lab, and office space. The heart of the building is a 25,000 sq. ft. class 1-10-100 nanofabrication cleanroom (Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory). A portion of the Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory is configured as an isolated air flow biomolecular cleanroom with separate entry and gowning areas. The building also includes over 22,000 sq. ft. of flexible laboratory space external to the cleanroom, and office space for faculty, graduate students, clerical, and technical staff. One of the highly specialized labs include ultra low vibration rooms for nanostructures research with temperature control to less than 0.1 °C. Other specialized laboratories include nanophotonics, crystal growth, bio-nanotechnology, molecular electronics, MEMS, NEMS, surface analysis, SEM/TEM, electrical characterization, RF systems, instruction, training, and precision micro-machining. The entire set of resources provided by this facility are designed to support collaborative interdisciplinary research in nanotechnology. The majority of equipment in Birck Nanotechnology Center is shared, and accessible to qualified and trained users from Purdue as well as other academic, industrial, and government laboratories outside Purdue.



Jerry Shepard, Research Engineer


Joon Hyeong Park, Research Engineer     



Location and Hours of Operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm           

Birck Nanotechnology Center

1205 West State Street

West Lafayette, IN 47907-2057

Getting Started

**For Purdue individuals: First-time users should click "Sign-up" in upper right.  Returning students will click "Login"


**For Non-Purdue individuals: Before you register, you must be assigned a Business Partner Number and given Purdue credentials to register/login.  

Please contact the center manager for further information.

Links and Resources

  1. Purdue University Discovery Park - Birck Nanotechnology Center
  2. nanoHUB
  3. Purdue University - Purdue e-Pubs
  4. Purdue University Discovery Park - Birck Nanotechnology Center, Research
  5. BNC Safe Systems
  6. Equipment Installation Manual
  7. Birck Policy & Procedures
  8. Birck Emergency Plan


Name Role Phone Email Location
Jerry Shepard
Research Engineer
Joon Hyeong Park
Research Engineer

Service list

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Staff Time, Center for AFM (4200001841) (1)
Staff Time, Engineering (4200001835) (1)
Staff Time, Optics (4200001843) (1)
Staff Time, Spin Lab, Spintronics (4200001837) (1)
Staff Time, Surface Analysis, Kratos XPS (4200001844) (1)
Staff Time, Surface Analysis, Omicron (4200001845) (1)
Staff Time, Surface Analysis, Panalytical XRD (4200001846) (1)
Staff Time, Surface Analysis, Zeiss HIM (4200002158) (1)