When: 4-5 November 2019
Where: Münster Nanofabrication Facility (MNF)
Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN)
48149 Münster, Germany
The Münster Nanofabrication Facility (MNF) is a Core science facility administrated by the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU). The MNF operates in two cleanrooms which are located on the ground floor of the CeNTech building at Heisenbergstrasse 11 and in the new Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN) at Busso-Peus-Straße 10. The cleanroom facilities are currently run as an internal service provider to the WWU with a state-of-the-art machine park for advanced nanofabrication.
The initial cleanroom within the CeNTech was completed in 2003 and serves a diverse research community in nanophysics, nanobiology, nanochemistry and materials science. Following WWU’s expanding presence in nanoscience, the original facility required significant upgrades to meet the needs of WWU researchers and to remain competitive with peer institutions. Through the approval of the SoN research program, the WWU received a multimillion euro investment including capital equipment upgrade, as well as several large instrument grants. In 2017 the MNF will expand into brand new cleanroom facilities in the SoN building.
The MNF provides cleanroom laboratory space to an interdisciplinary research community of graduate students, postdocs and research associates in chemistry, physics and biology. Two full staff members and several technicians keep the facility running and take care of equipment repairs, facility maintenance and user training.
Researchers at the University of Münster have now developed an interface that couples light sources for single photons with nanophotonic networks. This interface consists of so-called photonic crystals, i.e. nanostructured dielectric materials that can enhance a certain wavelength range when light passes through. Such photonic crystals are used in many areas of research, but they had not previously been optimized for this type of interface. The researchers took particular care to achieve this feat in a way that allows for replicating the photonic crystals straightforwardly by using established nanofabrication processes.
We are currently setting up our new Zeiss Crossbeam 340 in the Center for Soft Nanoscience (SoN). It comes with Gemini I electron and Gallium Ion Sculptor columns and multi GIS.
The sputtering system is currently installed in CeNTech can be used for thin film deposition!