Universities and Research Institutions
The Center's multidisciplinary research brings together participants at Harvard, MIT and UC
Santa Barbara in the fields of Chemistry, Medicine, Physics, Applied Physics and
Materials. The Center maintains close collaborations with the Sandia National Laboratory and the Brookhaven National Laboratory, and active international collaborations with Delft
University of Technology, the University
of Basel, and the University
of Tokyo. A visitor program supports travel for students, faculty, and staff between
these institutions to encourage collaborative research and the use of shared facilities.
Nanoscale Systems (CNS) is a major investment by Harvard to promote and aid multidisciplinary
research in nanoscience and technology by students and faculty from departments including
Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Physics, and the Division of Engineering and Applied
Sciences. (CNS was formally named the Center for Imaging and Mesoscale Structures,
or CIMS.). The aim of CNS is to create and maintain the major facilities that are
needed to carry out research on nanoscale objects and systems; these facilities are
available to all of the NSEC participants. CNS technical staff install and maintain
the instruments, and train students in their use. Current CNS facilities include two
cleanrooms in McKay Laboratory, one for soft lithography and one for nanofabrication,
and imaging facilities for SEM, TEM and STEM electron microscopy in McKay and in Mallinckrodt.
Recently Harvard and UC Santa Barbara became part of the National
Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), a group of thirteen Universities
funded by the NSF to provide facilities for outside users. The focuses of Harvard's
NNIN node are software for simulations of electrons in nanostructures and soft lithography.
|Figure 1. Computer image of the Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering (LISE) under construction at Harvard University, which will contain shared facilities for use by the NSEC.
for Integrated Science and Engineering (LISE) shown in Figure 1 is currently under
construction at Harvard. This new building will house CNS facilities and provide space
for multidisciplinary research. It will be an ideal place for students from different
fields to meet and discuss ideas about their research. LISE will contain a new Imaging
Laboratory for electron, scanning probe, and optical microscopy, a Cleanroom for nanofabrication
and soft lithography, and an Advanced Materials Science Laboratory. CNS and LISE will
make available valuable new capabilities to NSEC participants, bring students from
different fields together, and promote new areas of interdisciplinary research.