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Facilities, Resources, and Equipment

About the Facilities and Resources

The Facilities and Resources available through the Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory have helped establish the team as national and global leaders in 2-dimensional materials synthesis and electronic devices, nanomaterial ink synthesis and characterization, and flexible and additive electronics manufacturing. Our labs are located in the newly constructed Micron Center for Materials Research in Boise, Idaho and in the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) in Idaho Falls, ID and are accessible to the broader community through user access requests, analytical service requests, and collaboration. The resources of the ANML are complemented by shared core facilities within the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering, the Boise State College of Engineering, and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. User facilities include the Boise State Center for Materials Characterization, the Biomolecular Research Center, the CAES Microscopy and Characterization Suite, the CAES Advanced Manufacturing Suite, and the Idaho Microfabrication Laboratory. These facilities are supported by full-time professional research staff with expertise in electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, optical spectroscopy, x-ray characterization, additive manufacturing, and micro/nanofabrication techniques.

ANML leadership is highly invested in the success of our team members. Our alumni have earned prestigious and nationally competitive postdoctoral fellowships, staff positions at national laboratories, faculty positions, and industry positions. Our students have established a tradition of excellence by winning highly competitive graduate fellowships from the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation.  Students and staff are afforded ample opportunities to travel across the nation and the globe to present our research findings, build their professional networks, and learn from global leaders in their field.

ANML students continuously seek and participate in training opportunities such as the National Science Foundation’s  2-Dimensional Crystal Consortium Resident Scholar Visitor Program (2DCC RSVP) at Penn State University, organize peer groups that work as grant writing circles and manuscript writing support, and participate in experiential learning opportunities through internships with our industry and national laboratory partners. Training in the responsible conduct of research is provided by the University through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program and is required of all ANML researchers.

The institution invests heavily in the success of ANML Leadership by providing training opportunities for teaching and research through the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for Advancing Research and Creative Activity. Management and leadership training is provided through Human Resource Services and Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), Training in human subjects research protections, animal care and use, biosafety,  and the responsible conduct of research are provided through the CITI program.


Here we highlight select instruments managed through the ANML. Interested users and collaborations may contact Prof. David Estrada ( to learn about accessing equipment and/or requesting samples. A full list of ANML equipment found here: Download ANML Equipment List (PDF).

Surface Science

Bruker nanoIR3 for nanoscale FTIR Spectroscopy, s-SNOM, and SThM

Horiba LabRam HR Evolution Confocal Raman Microscope

PHI VersaProbe II Scanning XPS Microprobe with 128  channel detector.

Zeiss Axio Imager M2m Materials Microscope w/ Fluorescence, DIC, Phase Contrast, and Polarization capabilities.

Biolin Scientfic T200-Auto3 Attension Theta Optical Tensiometer with Automatic XYZ stage and Pipette Dispenser

2-dimensional Materials Synthesis

Aixtron 2D Cold Coupled Showerhead Metalorganic Vapor Phase Epitaxy (MOVPE) System

PlanarTech planarGROW-3S-TMD 3-zone Thermal Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) System

Custom built quartz tube variable pressure chemical vapor deposition system with 4 inlet gases and up to two solid-source precursors.

MTI 2” Alumina Tube furnace with inert gas inlet and vacuum compatible for MAX Phase / MXene Synthesis.

High Performance Computing

COMSOL Multiphysics FEM software w/ 15 different modules

Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchanger from

Transport, Thermal, and Physical Property Characterization

TekTronix 4200 Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer with Remote Preampliers, Medium Power SMUs, Ultra-Fast Pulse Units, Capacitance-Voltage Units, and High Power Pulse Generator Units.

Quantum Design Physical Property Measurement System


Vibrating Sample Magnetometer


Netzsch Simulataneous Thermal Analyzer (STA 449C) equipped with thermogravimetry analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and quadrapole mass spectrometry (QMS)