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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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March 8, 2013

The annual symposium is designed to present the general public and University professionals with up-to-date knowledge about activities of OSTC groups and allow OSTC group members to become re-acquainted with the activities of others, often generating renewed interest and sparking new collaborations and interactions. Morning speaker session, luncheon and an afternoon poster session will take place. Please check OSTC website for registration details.

In 1995, the Optical Science and Technology Center (OSTC) was founded as an interdisciplinary center with a mission to develop a home to further the academic programs in optical science basic research and applications at the University of Iowa. Today, OSTC has grown to 26 faculty members from the departments of Biological Science,...

December 1, 2012

Prof. Aju Jugessur, OSTC Microfabrication Facility Director, and The University of Iowa Physics & Astronomy Dept. will offer a new course in The University of Iowa's Spring semester of 2013. 029:135 (PHYS: 3750) Fundamentals of Micro and Nanofabrication Chemistry is An introduction to the fundamentals of micro- and nano-fabrication processes. The physical principles of photo and electron beam lithography, alternative nano-lithography techniques, thin film deposition, molecular beam epitaxy, atomic layer deposition, self-assembly. Metrology methods. Physical and chemical processes of wet and plasma etching. Cleanroom science, operations and safety protocols. Sequential micro- and nano-fabrication processes involved in the manufacture of semiconductor, photonic and nano-scale devices...

August 20, 2012

Prof. Mark A. Young, Chemistry, will offer a new course in The University of Iowa's Fall semester of 2012. 4:173 Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry is a course explores fundamental chemical processes of importance in the atmosphere, water and soil with an emphasis on the kinetics and photochemistry of homogeneous and heterogeneous reactions, the role of particulate matter, organic and inorganic speciation, global biogeochemical cycles, chemistry climate relationships, and anthropogenic influences on the environment. Note: this course can be used to satisfy the advanced elective requirement for chemistry graduate and undergraduate students. Location: Tuesday, Thursday at 3:30 – 4:45 pm in 208 North Hall