Welcome to the Nano Center

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

The Minnesota Nano Center has reopened its labs and cleanrooms. 

Please see the details in the Nano Center News column at right.

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 Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) under Award Number ECCS-2025124."

Nano Center News

The 2021 Design of Medical Devices Conference

The University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center presents the 20th Annual Design of Medical Devices Conference, April 12-15, 2021. The world's largest medical device conference will be held virtually for 2021. The Nano Center will be offering a virtual meeting room during the conference, giving conference attendees the chance to discuss ways that the Center can support new device development. For more information and registration, please go to the DMD Conference website.

MNC Reopening

The cleanrooms and labs of the Minnesota Nano Center (MNC) have fully reopened for both University and external users. Researchers can gain access to MNC facilities after they have completed some additional COVID-related safety training. We are currently welcoming new and returning user to all MNC facilities.

The admission procedure for the Nano Center’s cleanrooms and the nanobio labs differs somewhat, so please contact us at mnc@umn.edu for details.


  • MNC facilities are now open 7 AM to 10 PM, seven days a week.
  • The cleanrooms and labs are subject to occupancy limits, which are explained in the training.

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.