The fabrication facility contains a 3" contact mask alignment and photoresist exposure system, fume hoods, spin coating station, non-contact wafer profilometer, PDMS mixer and degasser, oven, AC oxygen plasma, PDMS hole punch, and a stereo zoom microscope. The equipment is housed in a 250 sq. ft. class 10,000 clean room. In separate labs outside the cleanroom are a laser cutter, a Formlabs 3D printer, a thermopress for manufacturing plastic chips, and a micro-CNC mill for manufacturing molds and manifolds for the microfluidic devices. A MRSEC postdoc supervises the facility and trains students. Each summer a weeklong hands-on microfluidics course is offered to researchers including grad students, postdocs and industrial scientists and engineers from outside the Brandeis MRSEC.
Microfluidic experiments are conducted in a dedicated laboratory. There are four microfluidic set-ups each equipped with video cameras, structured illumination sources, automated xyz scanning stages, computer controlled syringe pumps for volume driven flow and computer controlled solenoid valves for pressure driven flow.
Dr. Nate Tompkins is the Director of the MRSEC Microfabrication Facility in Abelson 110. His office is Abelson 210.