The University of Iowa

IMPORTANT: The Optical Science and Technology Center and Microfabrication Facility are being retired after fall 2018 and their services reconfigured under the new Iowa Center for Research, Exploration, and Advanced Technology in Engineering and Sciences (Iowa-CREATES) and Materials Analysis, Testing, and Fabrication (MATFab) in the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories (IATL) in spring 2019. As a result, the OSTC/UIMF site will eventually be taken down. Until then, please visit the Iowa-CREATES Website at, or read more about the new center at


Optical Science and
Technology Center

UIMF Speed Networking: Make the Connection!

Iowa Advanced Technology Center, Conference room 104

Key Areas: The area of Micro and Nanofabrication is the meeting ground of engineering, biology, physics, medicine and chemistry. Most of these disciplines converge at the nanoscale, towards the same building blocks, principles, tools of investigation and fabrication. Examples include: optical devices, bio-sensors, micro/nano-electronics, plasmonics, photovoltaics, bio-medical devices, and micro/nanofluidics.

Who: Researchers interested in micro/nanofabrication techniques and technologies. We are seeking approximately 15 biomedical researchers and 15 engineering researchers to participate. Tenure-track or tenured faculty, clinical track faculty, and research faculty are eligible to apply. 

When/Where: Friday, April 27 from 2:00 pm - 4:45 pm / 104 Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratory (IATL)  

  • 2:00 - 2:15 pm: Overview of UIMF
  • 2:15-4:15 pm: Speed networking
  • 4:15- 4:45 pm: Mix and Mingle (appetizers and refreshments)

The speed networking event aims to achieve the following:

  • Create an awareness of the interdisciplinary applications of micro and nanofabrication techniques.
  • Brainstorm potential multidisciplinary research collaborations enabled by micro/nanofabrication.
  • Identify potential research partnerships. 
  • Identify potential funding sources that fit the cross-disciplinary research opportunities.

If you would like to participate, please complete the short registration survey by Friday, March 30, 2018 (registration will be capped at approximately 30 participants).