Facilities

Laboratory:

Biological
Prof. Cady runs a Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) laboratory at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE, UAlbany) with ~5,000 sq. ft. of space. This laboratory includes 30 C & 37 C incubators (both CO2 and non-CO2 equipped), -80 and -20 freezers, +4 C refrigerators, chemical solvents and acid fume hoods, a Class II/A2 biological safety cabinet, Nikon 80i epifluorescence microscope with a cooled QICam CCD camera, Leica SP5 confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM), Nikon dissecting/stereomicroscope, two (2) Fisherbrand inverted phase contrast microscopes, Veeco Bioscope Catalyst atomic force microscope (AFM), Tecan M200 microplate fluorometer/luminometer with UV/VIS spectrophotometer capability, BioRad real-time PCR thermocycler, BioRad Protean II gel electrophoresis equipment, BioRad Versa Doc fluorescence/luminescence/bright field documentation system, centrifuges, autoclave, Nanodrop ND1000 UV-Vis spectrophotometer and ND3300 fluorometer, Malvern Nano-ZS dynamic light scattering (DLS)/zeta potential instrument, Akta FPLC system, multiple KD scientific and Harvard Apparatus syringe pumps, and all other general laboratory equipment needed for cell growth and maintenance, protein chemistry and biochemical analysis in the proposed research. The labs are equipped with a humidity controlled Nano eNabler (NeN) QPL instrument (Bioforce Nanosciences) for cell and molecular printing installed next to cell incubators and fluorescent microscopes. In addition, to the described biological laboratories, the investigators can utilize existing facilities at CNSE including all available metrology, surface analytical tools and electron/visual microscopy.

Electrical Testing and Evaluation
Prof. Cady also maintains an electronics testing laboratory with ~500 sq. ft. of space which can be used for evaluation and analysis of electronic devices. The electronics testing laboratory contains a faraday cage enclosed Cascade M150 8” manual probe station, and a Wenesco 8” HP99D thermal stage. Electrical source and measure is carried out by an Agilent B1500A semiconductor parameter analyzer with DC and pulsing measurement capability, and associated Lenovo E30 workstation running Agilent EasyExpert software for data collection and analysis.

Computers:

Multiple Lenovo desktop computers with internet access are available, all equipped with appropriate software for data analysis, word processing, email, etc. Computers and infrastructure are supported by CNSE computer department. The PI and his students also have access to OriginLab, Statistica and GraphPad Prism (plotting and statistical analysis software); ANSYS Multiphysics, FLUENT, IntelliSuite and COMSOL (finite element analysis and simulation software); as well as L-Edit, Cadence, and K-Layout (lithographic layout software) that is hosted on the CNSE network and is supported by the CNSE Supercomputer Core Facilities (www.cnse.albany.edu).

Office:

Office space is available for all professional personnel. Students and investigators have direct access to internet connected computers, copy machines, fax, phones, printers etc. Secretarial services are available within the CNSE infrastructure.

Other Facilities & Equipment:

Nano/Micro Fabrication Facilities and Equipment
Prof. Cady has full access to the CNSE nanofabrication complex for all nano/microfabrication tasks. A complete list of available fabrication and metrology equipoment and processes can be found at: http://cnse.albany.edu/WorldClassResources.aspx. Briefly, the CNSE facilities are broken down into the following sections, with these general capabilities: NanoFab 300 North is a 228,000 square foot, $175 million facility including 35,000 square feet of cleanroom space with Class 1 capable 300mm wafer production. The NFN facility also houses the world’s first extreme ultraviolet (“EUV”) Alpha Demo Tool, developed by ASML. NanoFab 300 South, completed in March 2004, is a 150,000 square foot, $50 million facility including 32,000 square feet of cleanroom space. The facility also includes classrooms and offices for the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. NanoFab 200 (also known as CESTM) is a 70,000 square foot facility that includes additional 4,000 square feet of cleanroom space, plus CNSE metrology labs. Equipment in this facility includes resist spinners, contact aligners, RIE etchers, evaporative and atomic layer deposition (ALD) thin film deposition tools, plasma-based ashers, thermal annealing chambers and furnaces. Metrology equipment includes focused ion beam (FIB) sample preparation, X-ray diffraction, TEM, SEM, XPS, SIMS, and Auger spectroscopy. NanoFab 300 East was completed in 2009. The 250,000 square foot, $150 million facility includes 15,000 square feet of 300mm wafer, class 1 capable cleanroom space. The nanofabrication complex houses the latest nanofabrication technology available, and house all the technology and equipment needed for the proposed project including resist spinners, UV immersion steppers, nanoimprint lithography, EUV lithography, E-beam lithography, PVD, CVD, PECVD and ALD deposition tools, reactive ion etching, acid/base and solvent fume hoods.

University at Albany Facilities
The proximity of the CNSE NanoTech complex to the University at Albany main campus (10 min walk) and the downtown Albany area (10-15 min drive) where the School of Public Health (Wadsworth Center) is located give access to a range of other shared facilities and equipment within the SUNY school system. The life-sciences facilities are located on the University at Albany main campus and encompass 194,000 square-feet with 28 laboratories and biological core facilities.