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

Save the Dates: Nano Center Summer Programs

The fourth annual 2D Materials Summer Program will be held on June 13-14, 2019. The program will feature talks on two dimensional material synthesis, characterization, and application by local, national, and international experts. For complete info on this year's program, go here.

The second annual Nanomedicine Short Course is scheduled for June 6-7, 2019. Invited speakers will address cutting-edge applications of nanotechnology to medicine and the life sciences. A day of hands-on activities is included in the two day program. For a summary of last year’s inaugural short course, go here.

The Design of Medical Devices Conference

Once again this year, the Nano Center will take part in the 2019 Design of Medical Device conference. DMD 2019 is an international forum bringing together world-class MedDevice professionals, academics and researchers to share perspectives in medical device design. Tours of the Nano Center's cleanrooms and labs will be offered to DMD attendees. The conference runs April 15-18, and early bird registration is open. For more information, please go here.

Explore Nano Program

MNC is pleased to announce a special program aimed at helping external users (those not affiliated with the University of Minnesota) get started on projects. The Explore Nano program provides a subsidy for new external users to offset training and lab use charges. Go here for full details.