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Welcome to the Minnesota Nano Center at the University of Minnesota

The Minnesota Nano Center, or MNC, is a state-of-the-art facility for interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and applied nanotechnology. The Center offers a comprehensive set of tools to help researchers develop new micro- and nanoscale devices, such as integrated circuits, advanced sensors, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and microfluidic systems. The MNC is also equipped to support nanotechnology research that spans many science and engineering fields, allowing advances in areas as diverse as cell biology, high performance materials, and biomedical device engineering.

The MNC is composed of two main facilities. Our current clean room and associated labs, formerly known as the Nanofabrication Center, are housed in Keller Hall. The Keller Lab has a 3000 square foot Class 100 clean room, and an additional 4000 square feet of labs and support areas.

In late 2013, the MNC will open a new research facility in the Physics and Nanotechnology (PN) building. The new PN Lab facility will offer a larger and more advanced clean room, with state-of-the-art tools for fabricating structures under 10 nanometers in size. The MNC will also offer two new specialized labs to support interdisciplinary research in bio- nanotechnology and nano-and micrometer-scale materials.

The labs and tools of the Minnesota Nano Center are open to all qualified users. We welcome researchers from industry and other academic institutions.

Use this site to learn about the MNC and the nanotechnology research advancing at the University of Minnesota, and find out how we can support your research and development efforts!

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Access & equipment rates - academic - industrial

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Lab rules & policies

Lab safety plan

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NNIN user profile

Release of liability

Safety manual

Supply rates

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Physics & Nanotechnology Building Grand Opening
April 24, 2014
The College of Science and Engineering invites you to the Grand Opening Celebration of the new University of Minnesota Physics and Nanotechnology Building (115 Union St SE). Join us for a public Open House on Thursday, April 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. or 4-7 p.m. Tours will be ongoing during these times.

Research Experience for Teachers
June 16 - August 1, 2014
This program will engage 4 middle school, high school and community college science teachers from within commuting distance of Minneapolis in a 7-week experience of real-world nanotechnology research and curriculum development at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. No prior scientific research experience is necessary. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. We are eager to support you in your professional development goals.

Research Experience for Undergraduates
June 2 - August 13, 2014
The Minnesota Nano Center offers summer internships in conjunction with the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program. This prestigious, NSF-affiliated program is one of the largest and most successful in nanotechnology. Applications are due by February 12, 2014. For complete information on the NNIN REU program, visit: www.nnin.org/nnin_reu.html

nano@illinois
Research Experience for Undergrads
May 27 - August 1, 2014
See the flyer for more information.

Medical Devices Conference
April 7-10, 2014
The MNC will be at the 2014 Design of Medical Devices Conference, taking place April 7-10. For more information, please go to www.dmd.umn.edu.

Inside the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Nano Center: Take a look inside the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Nano Center, a state of the art facility dedicated to the design, fabrication and testing of small-scale devices. Video produced by the Office of Business Relations, with assistance from the College of Science & Engineering.