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


The Optical Science and Technology Center consists of faculty members from the University Departments of Chemistry, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Biological Sciences and Physics and Astronomy.  Among the faculty are distinguished scientists who have developed international reputations for innovative research on the frontiers of optical science and engineering.  Funding to support research in the Center comes from a variety of  federal, state, and private sources, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Petroleum Research Fund.  Current Research areas include:

Laser spectroscopy and photochemistry, photonics and optoelectronics, ultrafast laser development, condensed matter physics, materials growth techniques, device physics/engineering, surface chemistry, chemical sensors, environmental chemistry, polymer science, plasma physics, nonlinear optics.