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New NSF Engineering Research Center to Enable Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Devices

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Photo of photonic crystal structures for LEDs created with wafer-scale nanopatterning.

Wafer-scale nanopatterning is used in the fabrication of photonic crystal structures for light emitting diodes (LEDs). Creating nanomanufacturing process systems that are high-throughput, reliable, and versatile is the focus of the NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC) led by the University of Texas, called the Center for Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies (NASCENT).

Credit: Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin


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Photo of researcher loading a template used for nano-sculpting on plastic films.

A researcher loads a template that serves as a master for nano-sculpting on plastic films in a roll-to-roll tool. The template is a glass wafer that is etched with the desired nanoscale features. With advances in nanoscale manufacturing and systems, NASCENT researchers aim to make the performance promised by nanomaterials and nanotechnologies more widely available and economically competitive.

Credit: Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin


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Photo of a plastic substrate moving over two rollers for nano-sculpting.

A close-up of a plastic substrate moving over the two primary rollers between which nano-sculpting may be performed. Nano-sculpting involves an inkjet (situated above the roller on the left) that dispenses a patterning material. High-yield wafer-scale and roll-to-roll nanomanufacturing systems will be created by researchers at the NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies (NASCENT).

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