BiON is a 4,000-square-foot, Class 1000 clean room dedicated to research and development of micro-nano devices using biological and organic materials. The facility contains tools uniquely capable of performing micro- and nanofabrication on materials such as polymers, hydrogels, collagens, proteins and even living tissue. These materials traditionally have been difficult or impossible to micro-machine since they require special care or unusual process conditions. Many of the manufacturing techniques used in BiON have been developed as experimental processes by researchers in smaller laboratories at UCI and elsewhere; these will now be available to the BiON community at large.
This facility allows researchers at UCI and throughout Southern California to develop new technologies and products for environmental, life science and medical applications. The facility supports ongoing work in the areas of bio/nanotechnology, advanced materials, BioMEMS, environmental sensors, medical devices and biological research.