Sep 30 2021

First Annual Nanotechnology Core Facility (NCF) User Workshop

First Annual Nanotechnology Core Facility (NCF) User Workshop

September 30, 2021


329 Cardinal Room, UIC Student Center East


750 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607


This one-day annual Nanotechnology Core Facility (NCF) ( workshop aims at
bringing together researchers from industry and academia comprising NCF users, invited speakers,
NCF staff and faculty, to exchange ideas and showcase the research performed at the facility. In
addition, the workshop will provide a highlight over the facilities capabilities, services, provide
an overview of NCF strategic directions and continuing education plans within the Chicagoland area
and Midwest micro/nanotechnology ecosystem. The event will also provide introduction to affiliated
stakeholders across the Chicagoland area, including the Discovery Partner Institute (DPI), and
Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) at Argonne National Laboratory, as well as industrial
partners. The workshop will be conducted in conjunction with the Chicago Venture Summit hosted by
DPI, and the annual 2021 workshop of the Air-Microfluidics Group (AMFG).

The workshop will consist of keynote and plenary presentations throughout the day, hybrid poster
session, breakout groups and hybrid lab tours. NCF staff will also introduce the capabilities of
key NCF equipment. The format for the workshop will be hybrid, and we will release the agenda in
about a week or so once it is finalized. For questions about workshop participation or to register,
send email to Igor Paprotny (

The Nanotechnology Core Facility (NCF), located in the Engineering Research Facility
(ERF) building on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, is a versatile MEMS/Nano facility
and is accessible to both academic non-profit and industrial researchers. We are a 3000
sq ft recently renovated ISO class 5 and 6 (Class 100 & 1000) nanofabrication cleanroom in the
heart of Chicago. The NCF enables research by providing access, training, service and
process guidance on fabrication and characterization equipment. As a research and
development laboratory, NCF is dedicated to application of integrated circuit and fiber optic
technology to improve manufacturing methods for MEMS/Nano devices, BioMEMS,
Microfluidic, Electromechanical, Mechanical, Chemical, Optical, Photonic, and
multi-functional devices, some of which have previously been built by more traditional techniques.


Igor Paprotny

Date posted

Sep 20, 2021

Date updated

Sep 21, 2021