Washington Nanofabrication Facility


Contract (Remote) Fabrication / Design Consulting

UW WNF handles all manners of micro and nano-fabrication and characterization and spans areas in the natural and life sciences to semiconductor processing. Users have an option to use the lab themselves or contract fabrication to the lab staff (pending staff availability). Staff priorities include providing training and keeping systems operational, so the most expedient path is to perform work directly. Staff also provide design assistance and process consultation to try to reduce risks, cost, and complexity of fab projects. New users are highly encouraged to meet with the lab staff for Critical Design Review sessions prior to starting fabrication in order to ensure that objectives and expectations are in-line with capabilities. These sessions also help sync staff with upcoming training needs to ensure that users can come up to speed efficiently.

Areas of Activity and Expertise

University researchers and industry clients are active in a wide range of applications and research areas, including:

  • Biosensors
  • Silicon Photonics
  • Micro and Nano-ElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS/NEMS)
  • Genomic Sequencing and Electrochemical Detectors
  • Mono and Bilayer Semiconductor Devices (e.g. graphene)
  • Basic Physics and Materials Investigations
  • Advanced Packaging and De-packaging

ITAR Projects

Many clients perform confidential and International Traffic in Arms Regulated (ITAR) at UW WNF, and their needs for maintaining privacy around their designs and processes are strictly controlled. Staff engineers treat all users requirements as confidential and protected unless explicitly given permission to share or invite other user participants.  The staff is comprised of US Citizens that are cleared to work on Export Administration Regulated (EAR) and ITAR projects.  Some staff have higher-level clearances that can be authorized for application-specific discussions; however, all processing performed at UW WNF is unclassified.