Unique Labs

Unique Laboratories

The S3IP Center of Excellence features several unique, multiuser laboratories available to faculty, graduate students, academic and industrial partners:
 
  • The Analytical and Diagnostics Laboratory (ADL) offers centrally located, managed and professionally staffed, state-of-the-art instrumentation for electron microscopy, thermal analysis and X-ray analyses, providing materials characterization and surface and interface analysis of materials and manufactured devices and assemblies.
  • The Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM) laboratory offers a unique vacuum photolithography capability integrated with roll-to-roll material handlers for plastic and glass films. It also has equipment for aerosol inkjet printing of electronics materials integrated with material handlers for panel-based substrates.
  • The Energy-Smart Electronics Systems (ES2) Data Center lab is a moderate-scale (~500 servers) data center operated as a living laboratory for research into energy-aware workload management, investigation and optimization of air and liquid cooling of data center electronic equipment and research into hybrid AC/DC power distribution in data centers.
  • The Reliability and Failure Analysis Lab focuses on evaluating the reliability of electronic packaging, performing construction analyses and determination of failure modes of electronic devices and assemblies. It features environmental chambers for testing effects of thermal and humidity cycling and shock and vibration on electronics.
  • The Smart Electronics Manufacturing Lab (SEML) offers an end-to-end Surface Mount Technology (SMT) assembly line available for prototyping the manufacture and small-lot production of electronics assemblies. The SEML is a working laboratory developing machine-to-machine communications techniques for electronics manufacturing.
  • The Nanofabrication Laboratory (NLAB) and the Center for Autonomous Solar Power (CASP) lab provide capability for atomic layer deposition to produce solar cells, thermoelectric devices, MEMS devices and supercapacitors.
  • The NorthEast Center for Chemical Energy Research (NECCES) operates a Battery Dry Room that supports advanced battery research and industrial partners by providing a controlled, ultra-low humidity environment for assembling and testing prototype batteries. This is particularly relevant for batteries constructed with extremely moisture-sensitive materials such as lithium.