Mark J. Schulz

The Nanoworld Laboratory at UC ( is a college laboratory for material and device development, nanotechnology teaching, and demonstrations, and is a highly focused and internationally recognized laboratory.

Nanoworld is trailblazing and road mapping innovation, translating the discoveries to industry, and training a next generation workforce that will be in high-demand. Six labs form the Nanoworld Labs.
1. NANOWORLD, Main Lab 414A, 414B & 413 Rhodes Hall, Ph. 513-556-4652
2. Nanoscale Devices and SEM Lab, 315 ERC
3. Nanoscale Materials Post-processing Lab, Rhodes 611
4. Nanocomposite Materials and Characterization Lab, Rhodes 507
5. Substrates and Nanomaterials Processing Laboratory, 581 Engineering Research Center (ERC)
6. Pilot Microfactory for Nanomedicine Devices Lab, 587 ERC

Other rooms are for student offices and storage. Nanoworld may be the largest nanotube research lab in an academic setting with three commercial nanotube reactors to synthesize nanotube materials and transition the processes to industry.

UC Nanoworld supports research for UG and graduate students from across the university.

  • Nanoworld Instrumentation for Nanotube Synthesis

    Instrumentation in Nanoworld for Nanotube Synthesis:
    1. Low pressure PVD reactor made with MKS components for manufacturing metal nanostructures.
    2. First Nano Inc. EasyTube Model 1000, 2 inch reactor nanofurnace for CVD.
    3. Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer MKS, VISION 1000P (1-300AMU) for residual gas analysis.
    4. Sputtering system Denton Desktop; RF Plasma System "Pico" Diener for substrate processing.
    5. Atmospheric Pressure Microwave Plasma Source, MKS Instruments-AESTEX.
    6. First Nano EasyTube Model 3000, 3 inch reactor nanofurnace for CVD.
    7. First Nano Easy Crystal System for growing metal single crystal materials; annealing furnace.
    8. Aixtron Black Magic reactor, Magnetron Sputtering PVD 75 with RF/DC operation.

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  • Instrumentation in Nanoworld for Nanoscale Materials Processing:

    Instrumentation in Nanoworld for Nanoscale Materials Processing:
    1. The nanoworld lab has vacuum processing glove boxes, ovens, balances, molds/nanocomposites.
    2. Spin Coater "Chemat" used in substrate preparation; Centrifuge "Fisher".
    3. A Silverson mixer, a Fisher ultrasonicator probe, heater, RLC meter.
    4. Custom built machines for spinning carbon nanotube arrays into threads.
    5. Custom built machines for drawing CNT sheet from arrays.

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  • Instrumentation in Nanoworld Characterize CNT Materials and CNT-based Devices:

    Instrumentation in Nanoworld Characterize CNT Materials and CNT-based Devices:
    1. A four-robot nanomanipulator made by Kleindiek to manipulate and handle nanosize objects, characterizing CNT and providing feedback. Fig. 3 shows the robots. Fig. 4 shows use of two robots.
    2. Instron Micro Testing Machine Model 5948 w/pneumatic grippers and resolution of mN- Fig. 5(a);
    3. Four probe instrument Jander Engineering Unit RM 3000/MHP 10-Fig.5(b).
    4. Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope XL30 FEG (D1531), Kleindiek Nanomanipulator.
    5. Signal processing instrumentation for characterizing CNTs; LeCroy (2), Textronics oscilloscopes, function gen. (3), multimeters (3), TREK amplifiers (2), power supplies, LABVIEW boards.
    6. Custom built electrochemistry analysis test bed including a Gamry Potentiostat (Model: PCI4/750) coupled with the EIS software (Gamry, EIS300), LABVIEW VI controller.
    5. MTS machine 15KN for testing nanocomposite samples, fiber testing machine, 4-point probe.
    6. Electronics instrumentation including: Electrochemical test systems, oscilloscopes etc.
    7. Custom-built fluidic system to measure the electrical impedance nanotube electrodes.
    8. Full access to UC Clean Room for microfabrication, E-beam deposition/lithography, ICP, lithography.
    9. Agilent vector network analyzer AT-N5222A, from 10 Hz to 26.5 GHz when analyzing CNTs.

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