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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, located in Keller Hall and in the new Physics and Nanotechnology (PN) building. The new PN Lab facility features a 5000 square foot Class 100 cleanroom with state-of-the-art tools for fabricating structures under 100 nanometers in size. The PN facility also offers two new specialized labs to support interdisciplinary research in bio- nanotechnology and nano-and micrometer-scale materials.

The MNC also maintains full facilities for microfabrication 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. The tool set in this clean room is ideal for fabricating MEMS and other devices with features size of one micron or larger.

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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IEEE 14th International Conference on Nanotechnology
August 18-21, 2014
Toronto, Ontario
IEEE Nano, one of the largest nanotechnology conferences in the world, will be held in Toronto from August 18 to 21. The conference allows researchers and others in the nanotechnology field to interact and advance their work through various speakers and workshop sessions. More information and registration at

May 19-22, 2014
Rice University, Houston, Texas
NANOSMAT is a premier conference focused on established areas such as nanoscience, nano-engineering and nanotechnology as well as emerging new research directions such as nanobiology, nanomedicine. and the economic aspects of nanotech. The conference will be held at the Smalley Institute of Nanoscale Science & Technology at Rice University. More information and registration at

Nanoscience and Technology Seminar
Thursday, May 8, 4p.m.
Room 3-115 Keller Hall
Prof. Juejun Hu, University of Delaware
See glass in a new light: novel glass materials and devices for on-chip photonic integration.

Nanoscience and Technology Seminar
Tuesday, May 6, 4p.m.
Room B-75 Amundson Hall
Srini Raghavan, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland
Adventures with Self- and Directed Assembly: Light- Switchable Fluids, Swimming Microcapsules and Hemostatic Biomaterials

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.