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Friday, May 19, 2006

Site analysis for nanotech labs

Departing from our usual emphasis on materials, let’s look at the design of nanotech labs.

Nanotechnology facilities, according to R&D Magazine, are appearing rapidly at university campuses, government installations, and science parks around the world due to the extensive governmental and institutional competition to exploit the economic development advantages of this relatively new technology.

The first important steps for nanotechnology facilities include site and facility assessments to see if the research, can indeed, be performed on the site.

In terms of nanotech facility planning, a “one site does not fit all” approach may be the best description. The research being carried out in these facilities require controls for excessive vibration, noise, electromagnetic interference (EMI), and radio frequency interference (RFI), all which vary from site to site, as well as strict attention to “interior contaminants” including, temperature, air quality, and life safety issues.

All of these design issues must be identified and quantified as early as possible in order to minimize cost impact on the project.

The full article is available in pdf form. (photo Purdue University)

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