Office of Research

Center for Nanotechnology


To be a model for effecting change in the College of Engineering.

The Center for Nanotechnololgy, directed by Professor Francois Baneyx, was established by a University of Washington’s Initiatives Fund (UIF) award in 1997, and includes the NanoTech User Facility.

Our more than seventy-five faculty members come from the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Biochemistry, Genome Sciences, Physiology and Biophysics, and Microbiology.
Our Ph. D. Program in Nanotechnology is funded from the National Science Foundation's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (NSF-IGERT) program. We offer an Optional Ph.D. Program in Nanotechnology, the first of its kind in the nation, providing graduate students with excellent interdisciplinary education experiences in nanoscale science and nanotechnology.

The NanoTech User Facility (NTUF) was established in 1998 to provide the Pacific Northwest nanotechnology community with access to advanced characterization and nanofabrication equipment. In 2004, NTUF expanded its role to the national level by becoming one of 13 nodes in National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), an NSF sponsored network of 13 universities, whose mission is to establish the infrastructure for the current and future research and education needs in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

NTUF has leading-edge instruments for characterization and fabrication at the micro- and nanoscale. Imaging tools include a Leica inverted fluorescence microscope, a Renishaw inVia Confcal Raman Microscope, an FEI field emission SEM with electron beam lithography capability, a Vecco Nanoscope scanning probe microscope with scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy capabilities, and a recently acquired 2-photon Zeiss LSM510 laser scanning confocal microscope. Fabrication tools include soft lithography for rapid prototyping and a Nabity E-Beam Lithography system. NTUF also performs in-house nanotechnology tool development by drawing on faculty research and expertise.

Funding Information:

UW Initiatives Fund (1997 to present).
NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure 2004--2014.
NSF Integrative Graduate Education and
Research Traineeship (IGERT), 2000-2011.

Reporting Structure:

Center Director reports to Molecular Engineering Director

Related UW Entities:

College of Arts & Science, Department of Chemistry, Department of Physics,
College of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, Department of Material Science & Engineering,
School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry, Department of Genome Sciences, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Department of Microbiology, Nanotech User Facility

External Partners:

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

Center Details

Director: Baneyx, Francois
Location: 215 Fluke Hall
Year Started: 1997
Administrator / Program Manager: Carter, Mack
Administering College/School: College of Engineering 
P.I. Home Department: Department of Chemical Engineering 
Faculty Involvement: 83