To be a world-class resource for discovery, development, and realization of cutting-edge materials, devices, and sensor systems.

To develop and implement innovative research and education programs for next generation advanced materials, devices, and sensor systems to address societal grand challenges in energy, healthcare, environment, and economic well-being.

An internationally recognized interdisciplinary team of experts, coupled with a world-class set of resources and facilities, dedicated to the realization of cutting-edge sensor systems for a wide range of commercially-viable applications that provide solutions for societal advancement and economic wellbeing.

Instrumentation to synthesize and investigate materials properties at the atomic scale and up to macroscopic dimensions, as well as to fabricate and test a variety of micro/nano electronic devices and micro/nano systems. We welcome opportunities to form partnerships with individuals and organizations who can benefit from this infrastructure. Find out more about research at FIRST.

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FIRST plays a major role in educating and training the next generation of scientists and engineers. Outstanding opportunities exist for graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and visiting scientists. These researchers receive specific training in their discipline, but also receive advanced training in many aspects of vacuum technology, materials science, surface physics and chemistry, bioengineering, nanotechnology, biophysics, device fabrication, and sensor technology. Graduate research assistantships and undergraduate research positions are available through a variety of funding sources. Read more about our undergraduate and graduate student opportunities.

Greetings from the Director, Sharmila Mukhopadhyay