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Lab Tours

Overview

Tours of the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF) Cleanroom - located in the Paul G. Allen building - are now offered in a variety of formats, including new live, interactive webcam-tours to classrooms. See our research equipment and facilities, and researchers working in their cleanroom gowns on the latest micro and nanotechnology. Our cleanroom, originally dedicated exclusively to integrated circuit (computer chip) fabrication, now provides researchers with the tools to fabricate a wide spectrum of current technologies, including nanoelectronics, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), optics, microfluidics, and biological and chemical applications.

SNF is primarily a "top-down" fabrication facility using photolithographical techniques, as used by computer chip manufacturers, to produce very small structures. So while you won't see carbon nanotubes being grown (those and other "bottom-up" fabrication methods are done in surrounding faculty labs), you will see a Class-100 cleanroom and learn how researchers are fabricating and studying a wide variety of micro and nanostructures in this world-class facility.

For background information on this facility and the equipment and processes used, see our Virtual Cleanroom Tour Page. Also download a pdf version of a Powerpoint Presentation on Nanotechnology to learn all about what it is, how structures are fabricated, and some applications.

See the list below for the different types of tours available, and then look at the bottom of this page for instructions on requesting tours for your group. With most of these tours, we can also add an introductory presentation in our auditorium using the Powerpoint Presentation on Nanotechnology mentioned above. And for students we can do a "gowning-up" activity outside the cleanroom for a few of your group in conjunction with the guided window tour

Window Tours (Guided)

Our 10,000 square foot cleanroom is surrounded on three sides by windows. On this tour, one of our staff guides you around the outside where you can look into the various areas and see the equipment and researchers at their work. This tour takes about 30 minutes, including questions for your guide. The introductory presentation in our auditorium can precede the window tour. We can also have a gowning activity where one or two of the students gown up in the auditorium or hallway before the window tour.

Window Tours (Guided)

Window Tours (Self-Guided)

If we can't arrange for a tour guide, you can still take the window tour using our self-guiding posters positioned in the appropriate locations around the outside of the lab. Read about different topics and then look in through the windows to see where that activity is actually done. (The posters can be downloaded above from our Virtual Cleanroom Tour page.) Start the tour at the corner of the Cleanroom near the main entrance to the Allen Building, across from the Packard Building.

Window Tours (Self-Guided)

Live, Remote Webcam Tours from our Auditorium

In order for your visiting class to "get inside" the nanofabrication cleanroom, we now offer this live virtual tour. After the students walk by the outside of the cleanroom and take a a quck look in through the windows, they go to our 75 seat auditorium. From there we give them a live virtual webcam tour of the cleanroom. We have 11 high-resolution, high-speed network cams placed through the cleanroom (see map at right) that broadcast live web video to the auditorium. In addition, using wireless phones and a speakerphone in the auditorium the students can hear and to talk to a gowned-up tour guide inside the cleanroom. By switching between the different webcams and having the guide walk to the various areas of the facility, we can give a live, interactive tour of the cleanroom. We can also talk to researchers who will tell about their work and answer questions your class may have for us, as well as do a nanofabrication demonstration where patterns are formed on silicon wafers.

In some cases, we can have an adult from the school gown up, and the students in the auditorium follow the teacher, parent or 18-year-or-older student as he or she follows the tour guide through the cleanroom on the tour. We can also have a gowning activity where one or two of the students gown up in the auditorium before the virtual tour.

The introductory presentation in our auditorium can precede the virtual live webcam tour.

Live, Remote Webcam Tours

Live, Remote Webcam Tours

Live, Remote Webcam Tours

Live, Remote Webcam Tours

Live, Remote Webcam Tours from your Classroom

This is something new and is available to classes that can't visit our facility in person. Using the 11 high-resolution, high-speed network cams as mentioned above, we webcast live video to your classroom and at the same time talk with your class via a telephone. By switching between the different webcams, we can give a live tour of the cleanroom. We can also talk to researchers who will tell about their work and answer questions your class may have for us, as well as do a nanofabrication demonstration. All your classroom needs is a browser with high-speed internet, a projector so the whole class can watch, and a speakerphone so we can talk back and forth with you.

We've had great success with this in our previous demonstrations with this, and are now offering this on a limited basis. It takes about an hour for a session, and there is some minimal pre-session testing of your browser and phone equipment required.



Live, Remote Webcam Tours

Live, Remote Webcam Tours

Live, Remote Webcam Tours

For tour inquiries:

please email Mike Deal or Maureen Baran the following information:

For groups of students:

1. School or Organization
2. City, State
3. Grade
4. Class subject or topic (e.g. chemistry) or name of club, etc.
5. Number of students (the maximimum number of students we can accomodate on any day is 50).
6. Number of teachers, chaperones
7. Preference for type of tour, as listed above
8. State if you would like a pre-tour introductory presentation (30-45 minutes) on nanotechnology
9. State if you would like a pre-tour introductory "gowning-up" activity (30 minutes)
10. Preferences for day/times (e.g. Mondays 1-4pm)
11. Preferences for dates (e.g. Week of 1/21/09)
12. Other requests or comments
13. Contact information (contact name, day phone, email address)

We will try to accommodate as many requests for tours as possible, but due to staff and time limitations we may not be able to meet all requests.

Important: We usually need at least 3 weeks to schedule any tour that requires SNF staff participation, and longer for webcam tours.

Note: Due to high demand and limitations of staff, we are completely booked through Dec. 31, 2014.

For groups of non-students:

1. Company or Organization
2. City, State
3. Description of group (e.g. members of R&D chemistry lab)
4. Number of people (the maximimum number of people we can accomodate on any day is 50).
5. Preference for type of tour, as listed above (list in order of preference from highest to lowest)
6. State if you would like a pre-tour introductory presentation (30-45 minute) on nanotechnology
7. Preferences for day/times (e.g. Mondays 1-4pm)
8. Preferences for dates (e.g. Week of 1/21/09)
9. Other requests or comments
10. Contact information (contact name, day phone, email address)


We will try to accommodate as many requests for tours as possible, but due to staff and time limitations we may not be able to meet all requests.

Important: We usually need at least 3 weeks to schedule any tour that requires SNF staff participation, and longer for webcam tours.