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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) (https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=136211) 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..........

June 22, 2016
STEM K-12 Teachers tour IATL172

The UIMF provided tours and tools demos to several K-12 STEM teachers from across the state of Iowa. This was part of the event organized by the UI Kirkwood Regional Center for the Statewide STEM Innovator Teacher Institute. The aim is for the educators to create a model on how to infuse innovation and entrepreneurial skills into their school curriculum. The UIMF tours and demos did just exactly that: by demonstrating the state-of-the-art tools and describing a wide range of research projects in several nanotechnology areas ranging from optics, sensors, micro- and nano-electronics, plasmonics, photovoltaics, spintronics and bio-medical. The UIMF is now in the process of developing concrete plans and mechanisms to engage the STEM teachers in the nano fabrication area by first obtaining...