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!

The Nano Center at the Design of Medical Devices Conference

Once again this year, the MNC will have an exhibit booth at the Design of Medical Devices (DMD) Conference. The DMD Conferenceis the world's largest meeting focused on medical devices, and consists of three days of workshops, symposiums, technical/scientific presentations, and poster sessions. The confernece takes place April 10-12, 2018 at the Graduate Minneapolis hotel, 615 Washingotn Ave SE. Go here for registraion and more information.

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

Aerosol and Particle Measurement Short Course

August 20-22, 2018

Course Information

This short course is for anyone interested in entering the aerosol and particle field. It is also a good refresher course, providing updated information for those already in the field.

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.

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). 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, schedule a lab orientation and training session directly with Jim Marti.