Engineering Consultants
Ithaca, New York

Specializing in nanofabrication and optomechanical Design

Illuminaria has Access to the following equipment and Facilities:

Illuminaria has established a highly sophisticated capability with its facilities in Ithaca, NY and through business relationships with the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Biotechnology.  By these means, Illuminaria has access to a wide range of materials, equipment and facilities.

Illuminaria has access to a high-speed, thin film spinner with a variety of vacuum chuck assemblies, a Harrick plasma sterilizer/cleaner for air and gas plasma treatment of surfaces and solid substrates, various vacuum and syringe pumps, and a stereo dissecting microscope equipped with a digital camera for manipulating and photographing microfabricated structures.  Additionally, all equipment required for the generation of multi-layered based microfluidic devices are also present in the laboratory.  Various data acquisition systems and National Instruments electronic boards are also available.

The BioResource Center (BRC) has all the necessary materials, equipment and facilities to perform a wide range of molecular biology activities.  The facility has 1,750 ft2 of laboratory space dedicated to its operation and is equipped to provide a full range of services equal in quality to those available anywhere in the country.  The services currently provided are: amino acid analysis, protein sequencing, peptide synthesis, DNA sequencing, oligonucleotide synthesis, custom purification and analysis of peptides and proteins by HPLC and electrophoresis, and mass spectrometry.

Additional microscope facilities are available for outside use through the Cornell Integrated Microscopy Center (CIMC). These include a Hitachi 4500 FESEM (field emission scanning electron microscope) and FEI Philips TECNAI 12 BioTWIN transmission electron microscope.

Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF):  The CNF has over 55,000 square feet of usable space devoted broadly to nanotechnology and related fields. Located in Duffield Hall at Cornell University’s Ithaca campus, the CNF has a dedicated computer lab for user use equipped with a variety of software including: Computer-Aided Design (L-Edit, AutoCAD), tool interfacing, and others. Also, the CNF has offices in Duffield Hall for all full-time staff. Temporary office space is available to non-local users. Equipment available for use includes:

  • Lithography: Electron Beam Lithography, Mask Making and Photolithography
  • Thin Film Deposition: Low Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition (LPCVD), Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD), Evaporation and Sputtering, Molecular Vapor Deposition, Parylene Deposition)
  • Carbon Nanotube Synthesis
  • Rapid Thermal Annealing (RTA) 
  • Wafer Bonding and Embossing
  • Wet Chemical Etching
  • Dry Etching
  • Chemical Mechanical Polishing
  • Ion Implanation
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
  • Scanning Auger Microprobe (SAM)
  • Optical Microscopy
  • Focused Ion Beam (FIB)
  • Thin Film Thickness and Optical Properties Characterization: Ellipsometry, Spectroscopic Reflectometry, Topographic Surface Characterization, Atomic Force Microscopy, Surface Profilometry

Cornell NanoBioTechnology Center (NBTC):  The NanoBioTechnology Center (NBTC) at Cornell University is a shared research facility designed to advance interdisciplinary research programs in NanoBioTechnology such as that described here.  The NBTC offers a full range of capabilities for design, fabrication, and characterization of substrates and devices.  Chemical and bio-processing labs, including cell culturing facilities, on the second floor provide capabilities required to functionalize and characterize substrates and other materials such as those used here.  Professor Erickson is a member of the NBTC and has full access to all the equipment and facilities.  Equipment available includes (but is not limited to):

  • Cell culturing facilities
  • Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
  • Upright and Inverted Fluorescence Microscopes
  • Fluorometer FTIR
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • Laser micromachining system
  • Plasma Cleaner
  • Potentionstat
  • Spectrophotometer
  • Thermal Cycler
  • Zetasizer