Scanned Probe Imaging and Development (SPID) facility - formerly NIFTI
SPID was created to drive interdisciplinary research bridging the gap between hard nanostructures, soft materials, biological sciences, quantitative mechanical and electrical analysis and nanopatterning. SPID provides a wide range of imaging instrumentation and support facilities for atomic to molecular imaging. It supports a broad range of nanoscale science and technology characterization needs at nanoscale by providing state-of-the-art resources coupled with expert staff. Research at SPID encompasses physical and chemical sciences, engineering and life sciences, and has a strong inter-disciplinary emphasis. Every week, several new users coming from NU campuses, academia, industry, and government laboratories learn to use tools available in the center to carry out their research projects.
The primary objective of our mission is to enhance the education, collaboration, research and outreach related to all aspects of scanning probe and nanopatterning instrumentation, techniques and applications. SPID is a shared user facility that supports a broad range of nanoscale science and technology projects, specializing in nanoscale analysis and characterization.
SPID is a multi-user, multi-departmental facility offering continually updated state-of-the-art equipment to qualified researchers from any field and institution. SPID has a strong tradition of facilitating interdisciplinary research, and regular training sessions and short courses are offered by accomplished microscopists who manage the SPID facility, directed by Professor Vinayak P. Dravid and Dr. Gajendra Shekhawat.
Research and Societal Outreach
The primary focus of SPID is to provide both quantitative and qualitative scanning probe microscopy and biomaterials nanopatterning based highly advanced instrumentations to enable materials, nanopatterning and biomedical research by a diverse group of scientists, industries and clinicians representing numerous disciplines. SPID works in partnership with several industrial partners and specifically Bruker Metrology Surface Division to develop advanced instrumentation for quantitative analysis. SPID serves as a hub for numerous global partnerships both in terms of facility development and research.
Local teachers, museums and members of the community are encouraged to join the NUANCE family through open house visits, demonstrations and presentations on how nanotechnology affects our daily lives. To schedule a tour for your group, please contact us.
SPID is located at 2170 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL in Silverman Hall’s East Tower, Suite 1560 and 1539. Silverman’s East Tower connects to the Pancoe building; Silverman’s West Tower connects to the Ryan building. The East and West Towers are connected by a bridge joining the 3rd and 4th floors. The facility is secured, so if you do not have facility access, please make an appointment with a staff member.
If you have further questions about the SPID facility, please contact:
- Dr. Gajendra S. Shekhawat - SPID Facility Manager