The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center

brings the nation’s leading urban public university to a landmark moment in its multibillion-dollar commitment to innovative science.

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A magnet for CUNY’s top scientists

The ASRC brings state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation to CUNY, helping faculty from across the University expand the scope and scale of their work.

NanoFabrication Facility

The ASRC is home to CUNY’s first nanofabrication facility. The ASRC NanoFab operates a 5,000 square-foot cleanroom in which advanced nanofabrication and characterization can be conducted in an environment where the levels of dust, airborne microbes, temperature, and humidity are controlled. The ASRC NanoFab is among the most advanced cleanroom facilities on the East Coast, meeting class 100, class 1,000 and class 10,000 standards, comparable to the one now closest, at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

The ASRC NanoFab contains a comprehensive toolset for lithography, thin film deposition, dry etching, metrology and characterization. Photolithography, electron beam lithography and 3D nanolithography tools are available for patterning at the micro and nano scales. Atomic force microscopy, optical and surface profilometry, variable temperature and angle spectroscopic ellipsometry, as well as scan¬ning electron microscopy are also available. Our thin film deposition techniques include magnetron sputtering, thermal and e-beam evaporation; plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, atomic layer deposition, and thermal processing furnaces. In addition, a comprehensive suite of plasma based cleaning and etching tools including a dedicated chlorine and fluorine inductively coupled plasma etchers and reactive ion etchers are maintained.

Imaging Facilities

The ASRC will house state-of-the-art imaging facilities that will include nuclear magnetic resonance spec­trometers (NMRs), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), cryo electron microscopes, transmission and scanning electron microscopes, confocal and fluorescent microscopes. These facilities will support the research of structural biologists as well as neuroscientists.

Visualization Room

A wall of state-of-the-art display monitors in a small theater setting will allow researchers to see projections of their work in progress. High-performance computing systems will generate graphic displays of predicted molecular structures such as proteins and biological molecular complexes, or intricate weather and environmental models in real time.

Environmental Sensing Platforms

The top floor of the ASRC, as well as its rooftop observatory, will support research efforts in all aspects of remote sensing: sensor development, satellite remote sensing, ground-based field measurements, data processing and analysis, modeling, and forecasting. With the Environmental Sciences Initiative’s focus on global water issues, a collaborative workspace with state-of-the-art instrumentation will be located on this floor.

Following is a more detailed look at the rooftop observatory platforms:

  • Rooftop Observation Platform: The equipment platform will accommodate a number of instruments includ­ing a ceilometer (to measure cloud height), a hyperspectral microwave radiometer (to calculate temperature, water vapor and liquid water profiling), SODAR (sonic detection and ranging for wind profiling), and a sky radiometer (for solar, atmospheric and ambient measurements).
  • LIDAR Observatory: The observatory will house a number of systems that use an optical remote sensing technology commonly known as LIDAR (for Light Detection and Ranging).
    The center’s LIDAR systems will include a scanning eye-safe Doppler for 3D aerosol and wind imaging, and equipment that measures ozone and water vapor. The observatory will have an ash dome, tracking equipment used by many of the world’s top research institutions, educational programs and weather services.
  • Satellite Receiving Antenna Platform: The antenna will allow for real-time reception of data to be used for the development of regional and national satellite products.