Authors: A. Soueid, G. Adams, M. Schaeffer, S. Riojas
Affilation: HDR Architecture, Inc., United States
Pages: 1046 - 1049
Keywords: multidisciplinary research, interdisciplinary research, collaborative, laboratory, nanotechnology cleanroom, architecture, engineering, design, construction, Purdue, Sandia, Brookhaven, bio nano integration
Successfully fostering emerging technologies requires diligence in continually assessing and evolving best practices resulting in process improvements. While nanotechnology is in many ways still considered an emerging field, it is rapidly becoming the corner stone of new materials, components, systems, and end products. Success in an increasingly competitive global marketplace is not only measured by scientific discoveries but also by the speed in which new ideas are proven and commercialized. A grand challenge, therefore, is to create a seamless transition between the opposing dichotomy of proof of concepts in the laboratory and repeatable results on the manufacturing floor. The presenters will discuss a range of issues and evaluation methods that have been applied to the facility design process for multidisciplinary nanotechnology-based facilities at national laboratories and higher education institutions. The session will explore facility design features that foster highly flexible, efficient and effective space supporting both short and long term academic-industrial partnerships. Through the investigation of several case studies, the presenters will discuss the “Dos and Don’ts” of designing and constructing laboratories and cleanrooms that support facilitating and executing a successful nanotechnology program that meets budget, functionality, market impact and community involvement expectations.