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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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Third Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Conference
November 2-4, 2014
Boston, MA
This conference brings together scientific experts from academia, industry, and government agencies from around the world to present and discuss current research findings on the subject of nanotechnology and sustainability. The SNO Conference emphasizes not only the environmental aspects of sustainability but also the societal and economic sustainability issues.
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12th Annual Nanotechnology for Defense Conference (NT4D)
November 17-20, 2014
Washington, DC
Initiated over a decade ago by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the NT4D remains the premier event addressing emerging and nano technologies for defense.
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4th International Conference on Nanotek & Expo
December 1-3, 2014
San Francisco, USA
The fourth annual International Conference on Nanotek and Expo will be held at the San Francisco Hilton-Airport Hotel. The theme of Nanotek-2014 is “Challenging Aspects and Frontiers in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology.” Nanotek-2014 offers an international symposium for scientists, engineers, managers, and students in the field of nanotechnology to meet and share their knowledge.
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ASME 2015 4th Global Conference on Nanoengineering for Medicine and Biology
April 19-22, 2015
Minneapolis, MN
For more information, please visit the ASME Conference website.

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.