The Chaoul Center for Nanoscale Systems (previous TAU Micro & Nano Characterization & Fabrication Facility or MNCF) is Israel's leading facility of its kind. Operating at TAU's Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology since 2007, the Center provides advanced nanotechnology R&D facilities and services for both TAU's multidisciplinary research community and Israeli industry. During the 2016/7 academic year its systems were used on a regular basis by more than 200 researchers from almost 100 laboratories: 65 research groups from TAU's Faculties and Schools of Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Life Sciences, Dentistry and Medicine, and 32 external users from other universities, startups and established corporations.
The Center offers services of nanoscale development, fabrication and characterization – the foundation for all experimental work at the nanoscale. Its cutting-edge equipment and professional support enable researchers to manufacture full-process prototypes of their miniscule inventions, and then test their various properties – electrical, optical, mechanical, chemical and/or biological, consequently optimizing these characteristics for important uses and applications. We also promote hands-on use of our devices and facility by both TAU researchers and external customers, providing them with professional guidance and training for work with the various devices.
These activities are supported by the Center's expert team of process engineers, together with an extensive range of state-of-the-art devices: electron microscopes allowing users to view nanoscale systems; particle lithography (optical lithography & e-beam lithography) facilities for printing 2D elements – even smaller than 5 nanometers; deposition tools that build nanoscale devices by depositing layer upon layer of material; a nanoscale laser-cutting and machining system; backend techniques such as wire bonding and dicing; and more. All this advanced and sensitive equipment is housed in cutting-edge clean rooms and glovebox labs, ensuring optimal manufacturing conditions in terms of temperature and humidity, while keeping out dust particles that can dramatically influence such miniature systems.
The facilities are currently located in two locations:
- Engineering facility - located in the Wolfson labs building
- Nano center facility - located in the nano center, below the exact science library
To learn more about our services please contact Mr. Zvi Kopolovich (firstname.lastname@example.org).