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Minnesota Nano Center

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.

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The tools and labs of the Nano Center are open for use by all trained and qualified users. We also do custom projects in the areas of microdevices, nanoparticles, and biomedical applications of nanotechnology.

Contact us and find out how we can help you realize your research goals or turn your ideas into new products.

Nano Center News

Analytical Ultracentrifuge User Group Meeting April 28

Analytical ultracentrifugation is a technique that analyzes nanoscale materials as they sediment under the huge settling force developed in a high speed centrifuge. The sedimentation velocity measured by the AUC provides information on the size, shape, and molecular weight of macromolecules, making it a powerful tool for studying biomolecules like proteins, peptides, and nucleic acids. The AUC is also useful to those working polymers and nanoparticles

The Nano Center has the only AUC at the University of Minnesota. On April 28, 2023, the MNC will host the second annual AUC Users Group meeting from 9 AM to 3:45 PM CDT. The meeting will introduce the AUC to the local research community, as well as provide expert guidance for those contemplating or already using AUC.

This in-person meeting will be held in the Physics and Nanotechnology building on the East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota. Lunch will be provided. We will also offer a remote meeting option. Open the event brochure for a full schedule, and please go here for event registration.

Nano Center News

Explore Nano Program

The MNC is continuing it successful Explore Nano, a user incentive program for researchers from outside the University of Minnesota. The Explore Nano program offers a $2000 subsidy to new users of MNC facilities, as well as those who have not used the Center for the past 2 years. Once accepted into the program, users can apply the subsidy to cover lab access fees, equipment time, user training, and staff assistance. Available funds are limited, so plan to apply early.

For more information and to apply, please go to

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 Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) under Award Number ECCS-2025124."

In circumstances where there is insufficient space for this entire acknowledgement, please be sure to mention "Award Number ECCS-2025124" at a minimum.