University of California Berkeley
University of California Davis
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The Phase III NSF I/UCRC on MEMS & NEMS sensors, actuators, materials, processes, and systems.
This Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, founded in 1986 as the National Science Foundation Center for Microsensors and Microactuators, and “Graduated” as a self-sufficient I/UCRC in 2009, is devoted to interdisciplinary engineering research on micro- and nano-scale sensors, moving mechanical elements, microfluidics, materials, and processes that take advantage of progress made in integrated-circuit, bio, and polymer technologies.
Goals of BSAC:
(1) Create a leadership microsystems research environment. Combine the best researchers, faculty, and industrial partners. Bind them through the collective appeal of top rank University resources, an environment of collaboration, and access to a diverse group of Industrial members who are usually current or future market leaders in their segments.
(2) Enhance the educational experience of our graduate students.
(3) Reduce the time to commercialization of BSAC research by Industrial Members and entrepreneurial researchers by establishing systematic progress in multiple phases of new technology formation: a)materials/process/packaging; b)devices and structures; and c)system integration. This strategy requires a broader range of projects and a larger research organization than most research consortia would be able to maintain.
BioMEMS & Microfluidics
Nanoplasmonics, Nanophotonics, Imaging
Nanotechnology & Nanoengineering
Physical Sensors & Devices
Process, Packaging, Microassembly
Wireless, RF, & Smart Dust
The Marvell Nanolab at UC Berkeley is 3rd generation University semiconductor/MEMS research fabrication faciity brought on-line in 2011. It's 15,000 square feet of class 100/1000 cleanroom containing $25Million of specialized equipment serves 350 users including 80 industrial users. BSAC is the largest user of the nanolab. It is operated 100% through recharge to users (no public or government operating funds).