The Research Operations laboratories were established in 2002 at NDSU under the Office of Research and Creative Activity for the purpose of conducting large-scale, multidisciplinary research for government and industry. These resources are now located in two state-of-the-art research buildings that have been constructed in the NDSU Research & Technology Park.
The 75,000 square foot Research 2 (R2) facility was opened in 2004 and includes cleanroom, laboratory, and office space. The cleanroom includes Class 100 and Class 10,000 bays encompassing a total area under filtration of 12,000 square feet. The R2 building houses the research operations focus areas in microfabrication, device packaging, device testing, and reliability/failure analysis. The installed equipment investment is approximately $10M.
The Research 1 Addition (R1A) was opened in 2013. This building was constructed to easily facilitate public-private sector partnerships. It is a 35,000 square foot facility connected to the research administration building at NDSU (R1). The R1A facility houses a comprehensive set of tools for materials synthesis, processing and characterization. The tool set includes the ability to conduct combinatorial materials research using robotic machines and software. A complementary capability was established to support rapid biological test and screening for anti-fouling, anti-microbial, and other coatings. The overall equipment set investment exceeds $20M.
The R1A and R2 buildings have laboratory and office space that may be available to NDSU departments or external entities. Availability is dependent on current occupancy and university priorities. An external entity wishing to locate in these buildings should have some connection with or intend to have some connection to the university. For information, contact the Director of Research Operations.