March 29, 2011 10:00 ET

Northwestern University Purchases NanoInk's NLP 2000 Desktop NanoFabrication System

Plans to Use the NLP 2000 for Diverse Applications Ranging From Nano-Biotechnology to Energy Harvesting, Conversion and Storage

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - March 29, 2011) - NanoInk's® NanoFabrication Systems Division is pleased to announce that Northwestern University's NIFTI Center purchased an NLP 2000 System to expand the multi-user facility's range of nanolithography instruments. Specifically, the NLP 2000 will be used in patterning and controlled deposition of biomaterials, nanoparticles, and functional molecular and soft architecture. Such exquisitely controlled patterning and deposition of soft and hybrid surface architecture will be utilized for advancing many phenomena and proof-of-concept device designs for a wide range of applications including biotechnology, energy harvesting, conversion and storage. NanoInk's NLP 2000 System is a desktop nanofabrication system that allows researchers to rapidly design and create custom engineered and functionalized surfaces on the micro and nanoscale, using Dip Pen Nanolithography® (DPN®) to transfer minute amounts of materials over a large, environmentally controlled work area.

"We are pleased to continue our relationship with NanoInk through the purchase of its NLP 2000," said Gajendra Shekhawat, a research associate professor at the International Institute for Nanotechnology at Northwestern University. "This instrument fills an important niche in the patterning of biomaterials, such as DNA, proteins and hybrid nano-bio structures at subcellular resolution. It will not only enhance existing users' needs but will attract entirely new groups of users to our shared facility, ranging from materials science to nano- and bioengineering. We find NanoInk's NLP 2000 System to be highly versatile, yet very user friendly for our diverse user base who seek a total solution to their soft and hybrid materials patterning for critical research needs."

Jiaxing Huang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University added, "We are interested in using the NLP 2000 for patterning solutions to achieve controlled growth and deposition of nanoparticles, including graphene and related emerging materials. I also look forward to using this system for generating chemical patterns on surfaces."

"We are very excited that the NIFTI facility of the NUANCE Center at Northwestern University selected our NLP 2000 System. It's an ideal instrument for a multi-user facility because users can generate custom designed patterns in less than an hour after only half a day of training," said Tom Warwick, NanoInk's general manager of NanoFabrication Systems Division. "We look forward to working closely and collaborating with various groups including Professors Jianxing Huang, Gajendra Shekhawat, Philip Messersmith, among others."

The NLP 2000 will be used by the Northwestern University Atomic and Nanoscale Characterization Experimental (NUANCE) center and its subsidiary the Nanoscale Integrated Fabrication, Testing, and Instrumentation (NIFTI) facility. NIFTI facilitates research, collaboration, education, and outreach in emerging nanotechnologies such as, soft and hybrid nanolithography, biochemical nanosensors, nano-biotechnology including genetic engineering, soft nanostructures and molecular self-assembly. More information is available at:

NanoInk's NanoFabrication Systems Division brings sophisticated nanofabrication to the laboratory desktop in an easy to use and affordable setting. It provides the ability to design and create custom engineered and functionalized surfaces with nanometer scale precision and sub-cellular resolution, which enables cutting edge nanofabrication, nanoengineering and nanobiological applications. More information is available on its new Web site at:

About NanoInk
NanoInk, Inc. is an emerging growth technology company specializing in nanometer-scale manufacturing and applications development for the life sciences, engineering, pharmaceutical, and education industries. Using Dip Pen Nanolithography® (DPN®), a patented and proprietary nanofabrication technology, scientists are enabled to rapidly and easily create micro-and nanoscale structures from a variety of materials on a range of substrates. This low cost, easy to use and scalable technique brings sophisticated nanofabrication to the laboratory desktop. Headquartered in the Illinois Science + Technology Park, north of Chicago, NanoInk currently has several divisions including the NanoFabrication Systems Division, the Nano BioDiscovery Division, the NanoProfessor™ Division and the NanoGuardian™ Division. For more information on products and services offered by NanoInk, Inc., visit

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