Welcome to the Nano Center

  • PAN Building
  • MNC Cleanroom Through Shot
  • Ion Mill
  • Keller Hall
  • CR Worker

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 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!

Have a Project?


The tools and labs of the Nano Center are open for use by all trained and qualified users. We also do custom projects in the areas of microdevices, nanoparticles, and biomedical applications of nanotechnology.


Contact us and find out how we can help you realize your research goals or turn your ideas into new products.

Nano Center News

Upcoming Vistec E-Beam System Maintenance

The Vistec E-beam lithography tool is scheduled for annual maintenance the week of Oct. 16th-20th. During this work the system will have its electron source changed and column cleaned. Since it may take an additional week to stabilize the new source, please plan your projects accordingly.

NOTE: the maintenance work on the Vistec means that E-Beam training originally scheduled for Monday 10/23 has been moved to Monday 10/30. Please see the training announcements under the "News" tab. 

Upcoming Lab Orientations 

Orientation sessions for both the Keller and PAN cleanrooms are held twice a month, on the first Wednesday (1 - 2 PM) and the third Thursday (10 -11 AM). Click here for further information.

If you plan on using just the Nanomaterials or Bio-Nano labs (and not the cleanrooms), you need not attend these orientations. Instead, schedule a lab orientation and training session directly with Jim Marti.