About Us

Purdue University’s Birck Nanotechnology Center is on the leading edge of research into new technologies involving materials and structures at the atomic scale.

For nearly two decades, Birck has served as a vital contributor in U.S. advances regarding nanotech.


Our 186,000-square-foot shared-use facility includes a 25,000-square-foot iso class 3-4-5-6 (class 1-10-100-1000) nano­fabrication cleanroom, the Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory.


Birck is the research home for 300+ residents, including support staff, graduate researchers, and faculty from six academic colleges. It also hosts 300+ users from Purdue, other universities and industry.


Students and researchers have access to 33,000 square feet of shared labs with state-of-the-art tools. The shared space encourages collaboration on solutions to our major technological challenges.

Vision and Mission

As a world-class open access research facility, Birck enables leading-edge micro and nanotechnology education, innovation and advancement.

Meet our team

Birck is led by Zhihong Chen, the center’s Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director. Find out more about her and the rest of our highly skilled group of researchers and engineers. 

Explore more

Learn more about how to partner with Birck, explore the nanofabrication and characterization capabilities available to Purdue researchers and external partners, and download our PDF brochures below.

Visit the center

Birck welcomes site visits by people interested in seeing for themselves how our center is making a difference in nanotechnology. To schedule a tour of the facility or make general inquiries, please contact Sangeeta Abrol at abrols@purdue.edu.

Take a virtual tour

Explore the Birck Nanotechnology Center’s state-of-the-art facility before you come to campus. Move through the first and second floors of the facility, and the Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory, one of the largest academic cleanrooms in the nation. 

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