(Yicai Global) March 28 – China is building the world’s first vacuum inter-connected nano research facility in Suzhou Industrial Park, in East China’s Jiangsu province, integrating material growth, device fabrication and testing functions.
The laboratory functions as a nano-scale devices development platform which simulates the ultra-high vacuum environment of space, reported the Science and Technology Daily today. The laboratory design involves connecting more than 100 pieces of large material growth, device fabrication and testing instruments and equipment through some 500 meters of ultra-high vacuum pipelines. Samples can be transferred within the facility without being oxidized or contaminated by the air.
France’s ‘Interconnectors’ is known the longest existing vacuum inter-connected research facility in the world. It is 40 meters long and connects 20 pieces of equipment. Chinese scientists estimate the first phase of the Suzhou laboratory, a 100-meter-long vacuum pipeline connecting over 30 devices, will be launched by the end of next year.
Ultimately, in eight to 10 years, the laboratory will be fully developed as a research facility equipped with ultra-high vacuum pipelines of about 500 meters, connecting more than 100 large pieces of equipment used for material growth, device fabrication and testing. The first phase investment is projected to be CNY320 million (USD46.4 million), and the total budget is around CNY1.5 billion.