Nanohmics operates a 14,000 square-foot R&D, system and instrumentation engineering and prototype/low-volume manufacturing and shipping facility in Austin, Texas.
Our facility is close to The University of Texas at Austin, research centers and other semiconductor and high-tech manufacturing companies in the area’s thriving technology sector. Nanohmics has the laboratory capabilities required for the successful completion of the proposed work and is in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
The electro-optics and sensors laboratory is equipped with four full-size optical tables, including a Newport Ultra Clean Research Series with a stabilizer pneumatic vibration isolation system. Nanohmics also has a custom, instrument capable of measuring the absolute, polarization-dependent, bidirectional scattering distribution functions of surfaces for transparent and opaque substrates (BRDF and BTDF) at several wavelengths in the visible and infrared range that the company uses to performs contract optical scatterometry and surface characterization services. Think lasers, and lots of them. Our full range of equipment for building and testing electro-optics and electro-mechanical systems includes:
|Laser + Infared Source||LEDs||Photomultiplier tubes||High Speed Avalanche Photodiodes||Various photosensors||Optomechanical mounts + vibration isolation equipment|
|Mastech power supplies||SRS lock-in amplifiers||Motion control systems + stages||High-end test measurement capabilities||Custom optical scatterometry||Olympus ZXX microscope with DVC image sensor|
|XX Fluorescence microscope||YAG Laser||AVIA pulsed UV Laser||Argon Ion Laser||Low power gas, semiconductor, + solid-state lasers|
Advanced Materials + Devices
Our materials science laboratory has a variety of vacuum chamber systems, pumping equipment, and other peripherals that its staff assembles into various test and growth chambers as needed. Two softwall TerraUniversal cleanrooms house a custom three-head magnetron sputtering system with vacuum-interlocked, roll-to-roll web coater and a custom reticulating arm sputter deposition system designed and built by Nanohmics. The materials science laboratory also has a microwave CVD diamond reactor, a supersonic beam apparatus for preparing low defect density films and integrated nanomaterial precursors, and a CVC 601 sputter deposition tool. A full list of capabilities include:
|Advanced Mats||Material Deposition||Additional|
Nanohmics’ electronics laboratory has all the necessary equipment to design, construct, and test custom electronics solutions. The laboratory is equipped with ESD workstations and electronic support equipment for rapid fabrication of prototype hardware and instruments.
|HP network and dynamic signal analyzers||Logic analyzers and oscilloscopes, including a Tektronix TDS7104 10 Gs/sec digital scope||Lock-in and low-noise amplifiers and analyzers with a number of SR830 DSP for extremely small signal analysis||Computers equipped with data acquisition and digital input/output cards|
|National Instruments’ LabVIEW control and analysis software for rapid design, implementation, and testing of breadboard systems||Microcontrollers and microprocessors, along with state-of-the-art software/firmware development tools (Visual Studio, Python, Xilinx ISE, Microchip MPLAB, Visual DSP)||In-circuit emulators for the development of miniature optical sensors and instruments|
This laboratory has full wet-chemistry and biochemistry workbenches for developing molecular, polymer, and nanomaterials into functional device elements. It contains microfluidic handling and dispensing equipment for sample preparation and delivery and coupling reactive solutions with sensor and test devices, including syringe pumps, electronic valving and temperature-control devices.
|Basic Synthesis Reaction Capabilities||Additional Capabilities|
Bimolecular and Chemistry
Basic chemical and biomolecular synthesis, solution-phase reactions, coupling reactions, and coatings/dye are accommodated in our chem/biochem lab.
|Chemical fume hood for handling corrosives, acids, and other solvents, including reaction glassware for accommodate chemical transformations||Dedicated section for oligonucleotide microarray hybridization/analysis, simple-cell lines and antibodies, particularly for diagnostics platforms with surface-anchoring chemistries|
|Hybaid PCR Sprint thermal cycler for oligonucleotide amplification||Microtiter plate spectrophotometers; an Ocean optics spectrophotometer with capabilities from UV to Near-IR; a StellarNet NIR spectrometer; a Thermo Scientific-Nicolet iS10 FTIR with ATR; and a customized Agilent G2500A GeneArray fluorescence scanner for analytical characterization of nanomaterials and biological solutions|
Nanohmics has dedicated engineering and development capabilities for designing, constructing, and assembling prototype instrumentation for research programs and applied development for low-volume commercial product manufacturing. Nanohmics has in-house machining and micromachining capabilities including basic photolithographic and embossing, contact printing, and electronic board fabrication. The company also regularly works with local rapid prototype machining (SLA, SLS) and machining/molding companies to generate custom parts/tools using CNC milling, lathing, wire EDM, surface grinding and inspection equipment to support the construction of prototypes and for low volume manufacturing projects. The prototype development laboratories operate under the principles prescribed by CE and UL certifications and are ISO 9002 compliant to ease the transfer to the manufacturing environment.
|CAD workstations, using SolidWorks, L-Edit and AutoCAD for industrial and mechanical design||DesignWorks Professional 4 for schematic capture||Ultiboard and OrCAD Suite for printed circuit board layout|
|Pentalogix ViewMate for inspection of Gerber photomask files||National Instruments LabVIEW for laboratory interface control packages||MS Visual Studio (C++, Visual Basic) for full software application development on desktop and mobile platforms|
Central Texas NNCI
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MICROELCTRONICS RESEARCH CENTER
Nanohmics is a member of the Advanced Users group at the University of Texas Materials Research Center. The MRC is a clean room facility with over 30,000 sq. ft. of space and operates under a federal National Nanofabrication User’s Network funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The full list of MRC equipment is available at the MRC website (www.mrc.utexas.edu).