Tools and Capabilities

MINIC offers external researchers the tools and expertise to support projects in nanoscale device fabrication, microelectronic packaging, nanoparticle synthesis and characterization, two-dimensional materials, and applications of nanotechnology to the life sciences.


Use the links below to learn more about the capabilities of the Minnesota Nano Center and the Center of Excellence for Advanced Electronic Design and Manufacturing.

Device Fabrication

Tools for:

  • Optical, imprint, and electron beam lithography
  • Thin film deposition of metals, alloys, and ceramic compounds
  • Annealing, oxidation, and doping of substrates
  • Wet etching, reactive ion etching, and ion milling
  • Optical mask development

For a full list of fabrication tools, go to the web sites of the Minnesota Nano Center and CAEDM.


Electronic packaging: Tools for

  • Printed circuit board assembly
  • Advanced chip packaging: processor, memory, and system-in-package chips
  • MEMS
  • Test and measurement
  • Curing, aging, and storage

A list of packaging tools will be found at the CAEDM web site.

Bionano and Nanoparticles

Tools for:

  • Nanoparticle synthesis
  • Particle size and shape analysis
  • Measuring particle zeta potential and isoelectric point
  • Cell culture and preservation
  • Safe handling of biosafety level two organisms
  • Confocal and fluorescence microscopy
  • Gel electrophoresis
  • UV-Vis spectrophotometry

Go here for a full list of nanoparticle tools.  Go here for a list of tools in the Bio-Nano Lab

Two Dimensional Materials

Tools for:

  • Graphene chemical vapor deposition, to allow single-layer graphene growth on up to 2 x 2 in2 Cu foils
  • Techniques for graphene film transfer onto a variety of substrates
  • Processing 2D Materials in a low-oxygen glovebox environment
  • Imaging 2-D material films and structures

More details on MINIC's 2-D materials capabilities