This page is obsolete. NNIN funding ended in September 2015. NSF is creating a replacement network, NNCI, which will replace many of the NNIN functions and provide new sites, programs, and resources. NNCI does not yet have a web site. The NSF announcement can be found here.
NNIN's primary mission is to support the research programs of our users, through provision of advanced nanotechnology equipment and processes. Over 1100 advanced instruments are available within NNIN on a fee per service, by the hour, usage basis. A full searchable database of tools is available. Tools range from advanced e-beam lithography systems to simple ovens and hot plates, all the tools required to execute fully integrated processes for devices and structures in the fields of electronics, MEMS, microfluidics, physics, chemistry, and biology.
These tools are supported by a broad range of nanotechnology processes and over 150 technical staff. Projects are generally done on a hands-on basis by the users themselves, although in some simple cases, remote processing by staff or independent contractors is possible. To support this hands-on mode of operation, NNIN has well refined training protocols to assure that each user can efficiently be trained to do their own work while assuring that they do not damage the equipment.
The Domain Experts of NNIN, also known as Technical Liaisons, provide technical expertise and support so that users can employ techniques and knowledge of other disciplines. Common examples are chemistry- or biology-based techniques, nanoscale characterization, novel growth techniques, etc. These senior staff members have the expertise to advise you on your project without the requirement to establish a collaboration.
We have a large set of process capabilities utilizing a very diverse instrument set covering both top-down and bottom-up paradigms. Users can perform short experiments using advanced tools, e.g. electron-beam lithography, as well as large integration projects. NNIN also provides computation and software support for nanoscience through computing resources and a variety of software. Computation Domain Experts help you accomplish tasks by providing individualized technical support even if you are not an expert of the field.
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.