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


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Check out the latest news and information relating to the Optical Science and Technology Center:

June 12, 2017

Optical Science Technology Center to offer online Microfabrication course

June 12, 2017 - The University of Iowa Optical Science and Technology Center Microfabrication Facility will now offer an online Microfab course with remote and real-time lab sessions in Nanotechnology.  Learn more about the course

March 23, 2017

Presidential message: Devaluing public universities harms research, innovation

President Harreld discusses the important research that public universities contribute to the world and raises concerns about what happens when institutions like the UI lose public support. Read the full message on Iowa Now.

February 10, 2017

The UIMF is now officially a member in the Northern Nano Lab Alliance (NNLA).


The National Science Foundation’s National Nano Coordinated Infrastructure Program (NNCI) ( has set up a network of nodes to support nano-related research and education. Headquartered at the University of Minnesota (UMN), the Midwest Infrastructure Corridor (MINIC) is one of those nodes.

MINIC has national reach, supporting work in Nano-bio, 2D materials, and other emerging fields. In addition, MINIC also has a responsibility to support and enable other nano and micro fabrication labs in the Upper Midwest. In order to accomplish this latter goal...

February 1, 2017

University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility Launches New Bookit Online Facility Management Software

Focus on Research.  Manage with UIMF BookitLab

Iowa City, IA - The University of Iowa Optical Science and Technology Center Microfabrication Facility launches the release of the BookitLab Core Facility Management cloud based software, a comprehensive lab management platform specialized especially for UIMF research groups and facilities.  

More Robust Tool Scheduling and Management

The new resource scheduler has been customized for the UIMF and offers a more robust tool scheduling and management platform with several key user benefits such as:

November 1, 2016

Designing destiny: Iowa students use microfabrication to improve future

By Connor Morgan Friday, October 28th 2016


IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) — If you haven't heard of microfabrication (or nanofabrication) prior to today, don't worry -- neither had I.

But the fact is, whether you've heard about it or not, microfabrication still impacts you. And in a pretty major way.

Do you use a cell phone? A computer? Ever visit a hospital?

If so, you've benefited from the cutting edge industry of microfabrication.

Microfabrication is essentially a comb..........