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.