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Does your research involve the potential use or application of the “technologies of the small, miniaturized structures, or devices or thin-films (i.e., nano- or microtechnology)"? Are you looking for collaborators to bring your idea to fruition? Then the University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility (UIMF) Speed Networking event is the answer for you! Speed networking is designed to help you meet new collaborators and brainstorm novel ideas leading to potential new avenues for your research and funding portfolio.


Theme: Integrated and interdisciplinary applications of micro/nanofabrication technologies


UI Microfabrication Facility Description: The University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility (UIMF) is a multidisciplinary core research facility and service center that provides access to state-of-the-art equipment in the areas of micro and nanofabrication, metrology, device characterization and offers expertise and advanced training courses in the same related areas. It is an open-research facility serving the academic, industrial and governmental researchers across campus and beyond. The facility offers a common platform for the convergence of multiple scientific and engineering disciplines and facilitates collaborative research with strategic partners and information exchange.


Key Areas: The area of Micro and Nanofabrication is the meeting ground of engineering, biology, physics, medicine and chemistry. Most of these disciplines converge at the nanoscale, towards the same building blocks, principles, tools of investigation and fabrication. Examples include: optical devices, bio-sensors, micro/nano-electronics, plasmonics, photovoltaics, bio-medical devices, and micro/nanofluidics.


Who: Researchers interested in micro/nanofabrication techniques and technologies. We are seeking approximately 15 biomedical researchers and 15 engineering researchers to participate. Tenure-track or tenured faculty, clinical track faculty, and research faculty are eligible to apply. 


When/Where: Friday, April 27 from 2:00 pm - 4:45 pm / 104 Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratory (IATL)  

  • 2:00 - 2:15 pm: Overview of UIMF
  • 2:15-4:15 pm: Speed networking
  • 4:15- 4:45 pm: Mix and Mingle (appetizers and refreshments)

The speed networking event aims to achieve the following:

  • Create an awareness of the interdisciplinary applications of micro and nanofabrication techniques.
  • Brainstorm potential multidisciplinary research collaborations enabled by micro/nanofabrication.
  • Identify potential research partnerships. 
  • Identify potential funding sources that fit the cross-disciplinary research opportunities.

If you would like to participate, please complete the short registration survey by Friday, March 30, 2018 (registration will be capped at approximately 30 participants).


Please click here for potential micro- and nanofabrication funding opportunities.

Please click here for examples of biomedical nanofabrication projects.


Sponsored by:
Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development's Research Development Office
and UI Microfabrication Facility (part of the Optical Science and Technology Center and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)


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