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National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

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NNIN: National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network  (Cornell University)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) is an integrated partnership of fourteen user facilities, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), providing unparalleled opportunities for nanoscience and nanotechnology research. The network  provides extensive support in nanoscale fabrication, synthesis, characterization, modeling, design, computation and hands-on training. in an open, hands-on environment, available to all qualified users. The network includes the following major nanotechnology user facilities:

  • Cornell Nanoscale Facility, Cornell University Visit Web Site 
  • Stanford Nanofabrication Facility, Stanford University Visit Web Site 
  • Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, University of Michigan Visit Web Site 
  • Nanotechnology Research Center, Georgia Institute of Technology Visit Web Site 
  • Center for Nanotechnology, University of Washington Visit Web Site 
  • Penn State Nanofabrication Facility, Pennsylvania State University Visit Web Site 
  • Nanotech, University of California, Santa Barbara Visit Web Site 
  • Nanofabrication Center, University of Minnesota Visit Web Site 
  • Microelectronics Research Center, University of Texas at Austin Visit Web Site 
  • Center for Nanoscale Systems, Harvard University Visit Web Site 
  • Howard Nanoscale Science & Engineering Facility, Howard University Visit Web Site 
  • Nano Research Facility, Washington University, Saint Louis Visit Web Site 
  • Nanofab, Arizona State University Visit Web Site 
  • Colorado Nanofabrication Laboratory, University of Colorado, Boulder Visit Web Site 


Education & Outreach

NNIN pursues a wide variety of education and outreach goals for everyone from school-aged children through adult professionals.  Education and outreach efforts include network-wide programs that address national needs as well as local efforts related to network sites. NNIN's specific education and outreach goals include exposing young people to advanced and exciting research in nanotechnology that encourages the pursuit of a career in science or engineering; providing teachers and guidance counselors information about experimental science, teaching tools, and enthusiasm for careers in science; creating educational materials for students of all ages and the general population; and increasing scientific literacy. These efforts are focused in particular on demographic groups that are underrepresented in the sciences.

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Related Institutions

Arizona State University
Cornell University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Harvard University 
Howard University
Pennsylvania State University
Stanford University
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Texas at Austin
University of Washington 
Washington University


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