Located at the University of Adelaide’s main North Terrace campus, the facility is the result of a partnership between the University and Australia-based global technology powerhouse Silanna Group, with additional support provided by the South Australian government.
The picoFAB is a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility within the University’s Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), focused on the growth of new materials—atomic layer by atomic layer.
The picoFAB brings world-leading capability to South Australia, enabling precise engineering of new semiconducting crystal structures for use in the commercialisation of new and innovative semiconductor devices.
- New Silanna Laboratory built within the existing Engineering Annexe Laboratory on the North Terrace campus.
- Construction of a new annexe at the building’s south-eastern entrance on Frome Road.
International flagship ‘clean room’
The picoFAB has been collaboratively designed by Silanna and the University of Adelaide to support Silanna’s advanced compound semiconductor research program.
At the heart is a remarkable piece of technology: a molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) semiconductor manufacturing tool. Custom-built by Veeco Instruments, this cutting-edge tool consists of three ultra-high-vacuum deposition chambers, each designed to grow crystalline materials at the quantum scale.