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Washington University

Center for Materials Innovation

This phased renovation of the original 1930 Crow Hall accommodates shared teaching and research activities focused on the creation, study and use of nanoscale materials. Research supports academic interaction, enhances undergraduate and graduate research opportunities, facilitates interdisciplinary degrees in Materials Science, and fosters interaction with the Departments of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Medicine.

The nanotechnology fabrication (NF) suite supports the development of systems formed by the controlled integration of nanoscale components. In addition to design considerations that meet industry standards of a “clean” environment, vibration considerations include ensuring adequate isolation from the effects of a nearby light rail transit line currently under construction. The NF suite is divided into several spaces including Class 100 clean room, equipment rooms and support spaces.

Crow Hall also houses the Department of Physics including the renovated novel carbon materials lab, high pressure physics lab, nano and thin-film science lab, magnetic resonance research, as well as lecture rooms, teaching laboratories and offices.


St. Louis, Missouri


1,616 GSF


Program verification, design, construction documents, bidding, construction administration


William Tao and Associates

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