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Carnegie Mellon University Nanofabrication Facility Inaugurates Leybold Conference Room

Being at the forefront of university research is very important for innovating next generation vacuum technology products. As a local partner with Pittsburgh based Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Leybold has not only been a supplier, but also a generous and benevolent sponsor for years. As an acknowledgement for this close cooperation, the CMU community named one of the new conference center and reception rooms ‘Leybold’ and celebrated this inauguration with a presentation and reception held at the CMU Nanofabrication Facility.

CMU started in 1900 with a donation of one-million dollars from steel-pioneer Andrew Carnegie. With some 15,000 students, they are not on the same population scale of larger institutions in the USA, but in achievements they are ranked globally 23rd overall, and for top US colleges and universities they are ranked 19th. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks CMU 5th in their category Best Graduate Engineering Schools. This is primarily due to their leading R&D in areas of computer science, robotics, and general engineering technologies.



Matthew Moneck, Carl Brockmeyer, Gianluca Piazza as well as other CMU and Leybold colleagues unveiling the dedication plaque at the CMU Nanofab.


As with many universities, CMU has multiple halls with multidisciplinary labs ranging from biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, materials science, physics, robotics, mechanical engineering and others. Each has its level of vacuum needs ranging from the rough vacuum regime to ultra-high vacuum requirements. This includes vacuum pumping equipment from several key suppliers, including local partner Leybold, providing vacuum pumps, instruments and vacuum consultation.

Leybold, like CMU, is a leader in its field. As a pioneer in vacuum technology, celebrating 167 years, Leybold supports industry and research throughout the world with vacuum engineering consultation, vacuum pumps and systems, thin-film equipment, instrumentation and related services. CMU employs such Leybold equipment in their new Nanofabrication Facility.

“CMU is not known as a large research university, but instead we are recognized more for our R&D successes in disciplines such as computer science, engineering and robotics. The new Nanofabrication Facility will allow us to compete with much larger universities for research grants in the areas of thin-film technology, nanomanufacturing and Nano/Micro systems,” said Gianluca Piazza, CMU Nanofabrication Facility’s faculty director. “This would not be possible without the generous support of partners, such as Leybold, and other local suppliers. We are excited to continue our collaboration with Leybold in areas of process development where we can use their expertise in vacuum sciences for thin-film deposition as well as other R&D activities throughout CMU.”

Carl Brockmeyer, Leybold USA Inc.’s general manager adds, “We at Leybold value the importance of thin-film and Nano/Micro device research and we thank the CMU community for the close association and ongoing partnership with Leybold, and offer our congratulations on their accomplishment in realizing the new Nanofabrication Facility, a premier research laboratory in the world. My colleagues and I at Leybold are committed to nurturing a strong partnership with CMU for many years to come. CMU has our commitment for continued collaboration and support of their Nano research”.


About Leybold

Leybold is a part of the Vacuum Solution Division within the Atlas Copco’s Compressor Technique business area and offers a broad range of advanced vacuum solutions for use in manufacturing and analytical processes, as well as for research purposes. The core capabilities center on the development of application-and-customer-specific systems for the creation of vacuums and extraction of processing gases. Fields of application are secondary metallurgy, heat treatment, automotive industry, coating technologies, solar and thin-films such as displays, research & development, analytical instruments, as well as classic industrial processes. For more information, visit


About Atlas Copco

Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers with innovative compressors, vacuum solutions and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and services focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2016, Atlas Copco had revenues of 11 billion euros and more than 45,000 employees. Since 1952, Atlas Copco is present in Germany. Under the roof of two holdings located in Essen, more than 20 production and sales companies are gathered (February 2017). By end of 2016, The Group employed about 3,800 people, including about 100 trainees. For more information, visit


About Carnegie Mellon University – Nanofabrication

A premier research laboratory in the College of Engineering, the Carnegie Mellon Nanofabrication Facility is one of the most well-equipped university-based facilities for thin-film and Nano/Micro device development in the United States. The Nanofab counts approximately 10,000 square feet of class 10/100 cleanroom space where faculty, staff, and students access the lab and collaborate on projects originating from a multitude of disciplines. The Nanofab also welcomes external industry and government users.