UTEP recently celebrated the grand opening of its new $4.5 million dollar Nanotechnology Research Facility. This center was made possible by contributions from UTEP, the Texas Instruments Foundation and the University of Texas System. The new Nanotechnology Research facility houses a 6,000 square foot, class-100 clean room with major research instrumentation for materials development, device fabrication and characterization. Research and education areas in include nanoscale aspects of matter and the application of nanotechnology to create novel materials and devices. Fabrication processes supported include lithography, thermal processing, thin film deposition and etching.

Recently added to the cleanroom suite of fabrication and characterization tools include a Kurt J. Lesker PVD75 thin film material physical vapor deposition system, a MTI Rapid Thermal Processing System and a Muffle Furnace, a Signatone 4 point probe, a Laurell Technology Spin Coater, and a PV Measurements I-V and EQE system. The recently added suite of tools was made possible by Hodges' start-up support from UTEP.