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.


Acknowledgment of NSF and NNCI

Published papers must acknowledge all sources of financial support. Since MNC receives funds from the National Science Foundation through the NNCI network, MNC users must acknowledge that support on all publications and presentations. Our funding is jeopardized unless everyone complies, so please add the following to your acknowledgement sections:

“Portions of this work were conducted in the Minnesota Nano Center, which is supported by the National Science Foundation through the National Nano Coordinated Infrastructure Network, Award Number NNCI -1542202."

Nano Center News

Summer Workshops

The Nano Center will once again offer two-day summer workshops on 2-Dimensional materials and on the biomedical applications of nanotechnology.

The Nanomedicine Short Course will be offered June 10-11, 2020. The first day will feature talks on nanoparticle drug delivery, nanostructured bio-surfaces, and advanced biosensors for cancer detection. On day 2, participants will be to go into the lab to synthesize nanoparticle dispersions and analyze their propoerties. More details on the 2020 Nanomedicine Short Course can be found here.


The 2-D Materials workshop will be held June 29-30, 2020. Watch this space for updates on the program.

Upcoming Lab Orientations

Orientation sessions for both the Keller and PAN cleanrooms are held twice a month, on the first Wednesday (1 - 3 PM) and the third Thursday (10 AM-noon). For more information on becoming a user of the MNC labs, click here.

If you plan on using just the Nanomaterials or Bio-Nano labs (and not the cleanrooms), you need not attend these orientations. Instead, contact the Nanobio lab manager to schedule a lab orientation and training session.

Nano Center Newsletters

The Nano Center publishes a quarterly newsletter that covers recent research and developments at the Center. Go here to see the most recent newsletter, as well as check out the archive of past issues. 

New Tool and Lab Additions

Check here to learn about new tool acquisitions for the Nano Center cleanroom and laboratories.