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The Center's overreaching objective is to make manufacturing at the nanoscale a routine operation, thus enabling the development of new nanoscale electrical, optoelectronic and fluidic devices. 

In order to achieve this goal, we are developing a variety of new scalable Process Technologies, each with unique capabilities that can be employed with a Center-developed high performance micro/nano manufacturing platform to produce with high precision large arrays of nanoscale lines, dots, patterns and structures with a wide variety of materials. 

The Center is also furthering the development of Enabling Technologies for the monitoring and control necessary to employ the Center process technologies.  These include fabrication of new microfluidic networks with embedded micro/nano-scale pumps, valves and sensing elements as well as advanced positioning stages and control schemes. 

New Sensing Technologies are needed for the nano-precision positioning and control of the manufacturing platform, as well as electronic and optical sensing elements for controlling and monitoring nano/picco liter fluid flows in the enabling microfluidic networks.  Also, new optical and electronic sensing technologies are arising from the nanoscale structures and patterns made possible with the Center process technologies.

Using Center-developed Transfer Printing technology, the patterns and structures produced can be combined with other micro/nano elements, components and devices produced via other manufacturing processes to make new integrated heterogeneous electronics, optoelectronics and microfluidic products.

The Center's overreaching objective is to make manufacturing at the nanoscale a routine operation thus enabling the development of new nanoscale electrical, optoelectronic and fluidic devices.  The Center's concept is to develop a variety of new scalable Process Technologies each with unique capabilities that can be employed with a Center developed high performance micro/nano manufacturing platform to produce with high precision large arrays of nanoscale lines, dots, patterns and structures with a wide variety of materials. 

The Center's concept is to have Center developed processes integrated into a fixed "toolbit" or printhead above a multi-axis positioning stage that can be rapidly positioned and controlled with nanoscale precision and registration.  The toolbit processes deposit materials onto or manipulate the surface of a substrate supported on the positioning stage.  Individually or groups of the dots, lines, patterns and structures thus produced can be Transfer Printed using a Center developed step-and-repeat technology to other substrates.