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!


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."

Researchers at the Nano Center Develop New "Graphene Tweezers"

Researchers from the University's College of Science and Engineering have used the Nano Center to develop yet another use for the wonder material graphene—tiny electronic “tweezers” that can grab biomolecules floating in water with high efficiency. This capability could lead to a revolutionary handheld disease diagnostic system that could be run on a smart phone. Read about this work here.

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

An introduction to the NSF-funded National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure, a network of user research facilities.


MNC researchers steer the flow of electrical current with spinning light.

In new research, scientists at the University of Minnesota used a first-of-its-kind device to demonstrate a way to control the direction of the photocurrent without deploying an electric voltage. The new study was recently published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.


The Minnesota Nano Center has installed new capabilities in the area of two-dimensional (2D) materials. The following tools are now on line and available for use.

Graphene chemical vapor deposition (CVD). This system is configured to grow graphene on Cu using CH4 along with H2 and Ar in a three-zone tube furnace.

Transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) growth. This system has two growth tubes currently configured for sulfides and selenides, along with a UHV transfer system to move samples between the tubes.

2D material processing glovebox: This controlled atmosphere glovebox allows users to transfer and align 2D materials in a low-oxygen environment.

Please visit the 2D Materials page on our MINIC site to learn more.