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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May 1, 2015


Morning Session / Oral Presentations

Iowa Memorial Union Iowa Theater, Room 166

8:30-8:40 - welcome

8:40-9:25 - David Gundlach, NIST, “Combining Opto-electrical Measurements to Probe Polaron Properties in Organic Semiconductors”

9:25-9:55 - Markus Wohlgenannt, University of Iowa, “Organic magnetoelectroluminescence for room temperature transduction between magnetic and optical information”

9:55-10:25 - Fatima Toor, University of Iowa, “High performance solar cells and coatings using optical metamaterials”

10:25-10:45 - break

10:45-11:15 - John Prineas, University of Iowa, “How a promising detector material became a remarkable light source”

11:15-12:00 - Dan Wasserman, University...

January 22, 2015
The University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility

IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Chapter
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Topic: The University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility
Converging Science and Technology at the Nanoscale
(Includes tours of MBE Lab and Laser Lab)

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.
The University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility (UIMF) is an open-research facility serving the academic, industrial and governmental researchers across campus and beyond. Hands-on demos in the UIMF labs, including tours of the...

January 20, 2015

Course Title: Fundamentals of Micro and Nanofabrication link to pdf

Course code: 029:135 (PHYS: 3750), 3 s. h.

(Lecture Tue. &Thu., 12:30-1:20 pm, Labs every two weeks, starting Jan. 26)

Learn how to make devices or structures that are about 1000 times smaller than the size of human hair.

• Learn how devices such as Iphones, computers processors, various electronic gadgets, sensors, bio-medical devices, DNA chips are fabricated using stateof- the-art tools and techniques.

• Go on a field trip to the Argonne National Lab to see some real-world nanotechnology applications and nano-scale manufacturing.


September 12, 2014

Fabrication technologies to manufacture structures 10,000 times smaller than the width of human hair

  • Learn about the manufacturing technologies involved in the next-generation of nano-devices from DNA sequencing chips, nano-sensors for cancer cells detection, drug delivery to solar cells, computing and communications.
  • Participate in hands-on demonstrations on state-of-the-art nanotools in a dust-free facility.
  • Listen to leading industry experts in the field of nano-scale device fabrication and process development.

Nanotechnology is an enabling platform technology for a wide range of scientific and technological applications


August 12, 2014

Aju Jugessur, Core Facility Research Manager, Optical Science and Technology Center
Core Facilities/Shared Equipment Grant

Enhancing the Capabilities of the University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility

The University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility (UIMF is an interdisciplinary central research facility and service center that provides access, hands-on training on state-of-the-art equipment and education opportunities in the areas of micro and nanofabrication, metrology and device characterization. Funds are requested to acquire three key instruments (spinner coater, thin-film measurement system, high-resolution optical microscope) that will directly impact several innovative research projects within the UIMF. The research areas range...