National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

Serving Nanoscale Science, Engineering & Technology

Welcome to NNIN

Important Notice:

NNCI Announcement September 16.2015: NSF has announced awards to support the formation of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure, a network that will build upon the base formed by the former NNIN.   NNCI will consist of 16 primary sites, with a total of 27 institutional partners involved. Eight former NNIN sites are part of the new network. Like NNIN, NNCI will offer open access to advanced nanotechnology resources across a broad range of nanotechnology areas.

NNCI was formed as 16 separate awards.  A competition will be held during 1Q2016 to establish the coordinating office of NNCI. A central web site for NNCI will not be available until then. Details of networked programs such as REU will not be available until later.

More detailed information on NNCI is available here , including links to the NSF press release, individual site press releases, and individual site web sites. 

The temporary web site of NNCI is located here. Please consult it for more information.

Important Notice:

Funding for NNIN came to end end on Sept 1, 2014 after almost 12 years. Sites will be rapidly winding down their efforts under NNIN.   This web site will no longer be updated. Content will gradually be deleted, become obsolete, or be transferred to the new (pending) NNCI web site. See above for important NSF announcement about the successor nanotechnology network.

The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) is an integrated networked partnership of user facilities, supported by the National Science Foundation, serving the needs of nanoscale science, engineering and technology.

The mission of NNIN is to enable rapid advancements in science, engineering and technology at the nano-scale by efficient access to Nanotechnology infrastructure. We provide shared open, geographically distributed laboratories, each with specific areas of technical excellence, and provide fabrication, synthesis, characterization, and integration resources to build structures, devices, and systems from atomic to complex large-scales. Our users belong to diverse areas: astronomy, plant pathology, materials science, physics, chemistry, life-sciences, various branches of engineering, etc., and come from academe, national laboratories, and industry. Projects may be short term or long term, from Academic or Industry, and range from pure research to prototype product development. Users can perform research on-site using facility equipment, training and staff support. For many tasks, remote usage is also feasible. External users typically spend a week or two, or commute, to complete their work although longer visits are possible. We help users succeed by providing strong pre-visit technical interaction, mechanisms that let users protect their intellectual property, and strong training and knowledge support.

Our streamlined project acceptance process aims to enable the use of the facilities within 2 weeks of first contact. We provide hands on equipment training and extensive process support to enable projects to achieve results quickly. We also have a large set of web-based multimedia training resources related to various instruments that you may find useful even if you are not a user.

As part of its broader mission to support all facets of nanotechnology, NNIN also has an extensive education program and activities examining the Social and Ethical Issues related to Nanotechnology.




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