Getting Access to Birck

The Birck Nanotechnology Center, opened in 2005, is a 186,000 sq ft. shared use facility that includes a 25,000 sq. ft. ISO Class 3-4-5-6 (Class 1-10-100-1000) nano­fabrication cleanroom – the Scifres Nanofabrication Laboratory. It is home to leading edge equipment for epitaxy, lithography, etching, processing and packaging and is maintained by 13 full-time engineering staff.

Characterization services provided by our research scientist team include electron microscopy, optical, surface, electrical and magnetic characterization in their specialized characterization labs.

Birck is home to over 300 residents including support staff, graduate researchers, and faculty from six academic colleges, and also hosts over 300 users from across campus as well as outside industries and universities.

Although most researchers choose to get trained and use the equipment themselves, our staff and scientists are also available to provide processing or measurement services. Please inquire with Ron Reger ( for more information.

Purdue Researchers

Read our Onboarding documents for all users for new Purdue users for information about desk space, training, and other important resources. 

Non-Purdue Researchers

Please read our Partner With Us page which describes the various ways we can collaborate in your research. Use the on-boarding checklist for all users for external users for guidance on making contact, completing forms, setting up accounts, training and such. The two forms linked in the external user checklist are also listed below:

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