The PRISM Micro/Nano Fabrication Laboratory originated as the Advanced Technology Center – Princeton Opto-Electronic Materials Lab (ATC-POEM) in 1992 with funding support from the state of New Jersey. Professor Forrest was among the original founders of POEM who helped create the original fabrication clean room in the Princeton Engineering Quad. Lithography, deposition, and etching tools were installed shortly thereafter.
The Laboratory moved to its current location in the J-wing of the Engineering Quad in 1995 and expanded with contributions from Professors Sturm and Wagner with Si processing capability.
The Lab now encompasses 5000 sq. ft. with the main cleanroom in the E-quad J-wing, an electron beam lithography lab in the D-wing, and a packaging lab in Bowen Hall.
Several important technologies were developed in these facilities including high power infrared lasers, integrated opto-electronic circuits, infrared cameras, OLEDS and organic transistors, and SiGe and flexible electronics devices. The PRISM Micro/Nano Fabrication facilities are also the birth place to several successful companies.