Notre Dame and the CHIPS and Science Act
The CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 incentivizes semiconductor manufacturing in the US and will create jobs across almost all engineering and science disciplines. Notre Dame's rich history in microelectronics dates back to the founding of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and includes leadership of three national SRC centers (2008-2023). Through the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Notre Dame has built a foundational program in microelectronics to provide both theory and hands-on training in areas such as integrated circuit fabrication, to prepare students for careers in semiconductors. In addition, Notre Dame has a strong program in materials science and engineering and a strategic research focus in nanoscience and technology.
Notre Dame is also a member of the Midwest Semiconductor Network. This network supports the development of semiconductor nanofabrication facilities in the Midwest and the broader, national efforts to promote U.S. leadership in semiconductors and microelectronics. It aims to grow the collective capacity to support the domestic growth of robust semiconductor and microelectronics innovation and supply chain ecosystems.
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Core Research Facilities
The Notre Dame Nanofabrication Facility (NDNF) is a 9,000-square-foot teaching and research cleanroom that houses a wide array of tools for material and device processing. The NDNF provides a comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art equipment for designing and manufacturing integrated circuits and devices with geometries of a few nanometers. NDNF researchers explore a wide range of materials and processes, including silicon-related electronic devices, compound semiconductors, zinc selenide nanowires, carbon nanotubes, graphene, and organic polymer-based materials. In addition, the NDNF facilitates the study of microfluidic technologies and for microelectromechanical device fabrication.
The Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility (NDIIF) provides an integrated suite of sophisticated microscopes and imaging stations that enable expert users to address the most complex modern research problems. The NDIIF’s Electron Microscopy Core integrates a unique bundle of state-of-the-art FEI instrumentation, including a Magellan 400 field emission scanning electron microscope, Helios G4 Ux DualBeam, Spectra 300 scanning transmission electron microscope, JEOL 2011 transmission electron microscope, Leica Automatic Plunger Freezer EM GP2, and a Leica EM UC7 Ultramicrotome.
The Notre Dame Engineering Innovation Hub (EIH) is a 10,000-square-foot facility in the heart of Notre Dame's campus that offers a state-of-the-art experiential learning and advanced manufacturing environment with first-rate resources for collaboration, fabrication, automation, robotics, and modeling. The EIH combines dedicated collaboration space with leading-edge technology and expertise, including advanced manufacturing; additive manufacturing (3D printing); metrology and computing resources; and fabrication and machining technology. The EIH serves as a regional resource to develop innovative product solutions for established companies and new start-ups.
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