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NCKU Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology moves


January 20, 2011 - BUSINESS WIRE -- The Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan, has moved from Building of Science and Technology, Tzu-Chiang Campus, to the Building for Instrumentation Equipments, which occupies more than 600 square meters and includes cleanrooms and laboratories.

Under the leadership of director Jen-Fin Lin and with the joint efforts of staff, the NCKU Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology has constructed and moved more than 10 valuable equipments within three months, reduced the transportation cost to NT$500,000, and recovered all the equipments to order within one month.

Subsidized by the Taiwan National Science and Technology Program for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Research University Integration Project from the Ministry of Education, the Center is a key institute for nano technology and research in Southern Taiwan with more than sixty valuable instruments. NCKU Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology, established in 1997, was NSC MEMS Southern Common Facility Center and was renamed as Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology in 2002.

To strengthen the sustainable development of the Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology, additional key instruments are necessary, and as the number of instruments increases, space in the Building of Science and Technology became limited, inadequate to use, and difficult to maintain. In addition, nearby residents have complained about the issues of exhaust and noise, thus the university decided to move the Center to Building for Instrumentation Equipments to a new home. 

NCKU president Michael Ming-Chiao Lai said, "After the Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology moves into Building for Instrumentation Equipments, I believe the comfortable and spacious room can offer better service to students, teachers and the industry and the brand-new clean rooms and laboratories can provide complete space for micro nanometer manufacturing and testing equipments." Ming-Chiao Lai believed that the newly migrated Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology will help promote academic exchange and industry-academia cooperation.

Nano science is an advanced technology which covers different fields, including electrical engineering, medicine and materials, and to engage in cross-disciplinary cooperation, excellent equipments are needed to attract scientists from different fields to work together and learn from one another.

NCKU senior executive VP Hwung-Hweng Hwung emphasized, "A person who engages in research requires excellent research equipments. From my personal experience, with a set of laser tester I purchased in 1981, my papers published in international journals have never been rejected and many of them have been cited. Because I have such excellent equipments in Tainan Hydraulics Laboratory, I could measure the most sophisticated data and come up a precise analysis." Hwung believes, for a research center to develop sustainably, it must have equipments, instruments and personnel like those of Tainan Hydraulics Laboratory, and the Director of the Center must use these equipments to create new projects.

He added, "To become a national-scale research center, the Center must not rely entirely on university resources or government long-term budget, thus I expect the Director to pay extra attention to this aspect."

The core instruments of NCKU Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology include E-beam Writer, Ultra-High Vacuum Ion Beam Sputter, High Quality Sputtering and Evaporation System, Dual-Beam Focused Ion Beam, High-Resolution Field-Emission Transmission Electron Microscopy and Mask Aligner.

Learn more about National Cheng Kung University at www.ncku.edu.tw

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