Pioneering Design for the Nano World • Vol. 2 - Issue 2 home » News (Nano Frontier) » Current Issue
  INSIDE this Issue
International Intrigue: All Eyes on U.S. Nanotechnology
  The European Scene From Research to Commercialization
  Big Things Come in Big Labs Grand Challenges Foster Knowledge-Sharing
National Institute of Standards and Technology, Advanced Measurement Laboratory …at a Glance
  NIST, Advanced Measurement Laboratory a Glance | Gaithersburg, MD

NIST AML Cleanroom CorridorThe most environmentally stable advanced technologies in the world can now be found at the new Advanced Measurement Laboratory (AML) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The new facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland, gives NIST and its partners in U.S. industry access to research and development capabilities unequalled in the world for research in such 21st century applications as nanotechnology, semiconductors, biotechnology, advanced materials, quantum computing and advanced manufacturing.

NIST AML LaboratoryThe new $235 million building, completed in December 2003 and officially opened in June 2004, features five separate wings with stringent environmental controls on particulate matter, temperature, humidity, vibration and electromagnetic interferences. The design includes:
- 536,500 SF
- One occupiable scientific level in each of the five wings
- 187 instrument lab modules and 151 metrology lab modules featuring:
- 48 precision temperature control labs ( 0.1 degree C or 0.01 degree C)
- 18 extremely low vibration labs with active or passive isolation systems
- 33,000-SF clean room, Class 100, upgradeable to Class 10
- Humidity control with variations of no more than one percent in specialized areas

Research at NIST covers a broad spectrum. Over 100 different types of laboratories were identified during initial AML user interviews. Classifying the spaces into a few general categories helped to establish a modular concept for lab space organization and utility distribution. With this modular approach, space and utilities can be readily modified for changing research efforts of the future.

back to top