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Global Quantum Leap

Global Quantum Leap is an international consortium dedicated to advancing nanofabrication infrastructure to enable quantum computing technology. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Global Quantum Leap network seeks to accelerate the discovery and development of next-generation computing and communications systems by linking nanofabrication technologies with quantum information sciences.

Elliott-Yafet Spin Relaxation

SEM image of a Co / Al  NLSV illustrating the measurement configuration

University of Minnesota researchers recently published a cutting-edge study using tools at the Minnesota Nano Center. Profs. Chris Leighton (Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Material Science) and Paul Crowell (Dept. of Physics) and their students tested a type of electron spin relaxation in aluminum nanowires over a large thickness range (8.5–300 nm). The researchers fabricated these nanostructures using the Nano Center’s electron beam lithography system and e-beam evaporator. The study was published in the May 17 issue of Physical Review Letters.

Epitaxial SrTiO3 films with dielectric constants exceeding 25,000

Epitaxial SrTiO3 films

A cutting-edge study that shed new light on the dielectric properties of both pure and doped STO films was published by University of Minnesota researchers using tools at the Minnesota Nano Center. Prof. Bharat Jalan and his students fabricated thin films of strontium titanate (SrTiO3, also known as STO) to test its dielectric constant, a property important to the function of semiconductors and many other technical applications. The group fabricated the films using molecular beam epitaxy, then patterned and etched the films using the photolithography tools in the Nano Center’s cleanroom. The study appears in the June 2 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Breakthrough in Complex Fluids

University of Minnesota researchers have solved the long-standing mystery on how bacteria swim in complex fluids. Using the Minnesota Nano Center to manufacture microfluidic channels of precise dimensions, they examined how bacteria interacts with colloids and polymers in these channels. This work, published in the journal Nature, helps to understand the locomotion of bacteria in their natural habitats including the human body, ocean and soil ecosystems.

Microtechnology Nanotechnology Health and Safety Course

Nano Safety Dermal Exposures from Powder Handling

Do you teach a course involving fine powders, aerosols, and/or nanoparticles? Are you unsure of how to handle these materials safely in your lab or classroom? The Nano Center will be presenting a four day workshop on Micro/Nanotechnology Health and Safety, to be held June 13-16. Offered in conjunction with the University of Minnesota Environmental Health Sciences Division, the course will cover safety practices in the instructional laboratory, including understanding micro/nanoparticle properties, selecting and using personal protective equipment, and safely carrying out chemical syntheses of nanomaterials. For more information and to register, please go to

Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program


The Nano Center invites science teachers in the Twin Cities metro area to join us for the 2022 Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program. This program engages high school and/or community college science teachers in a six-week summer experience of real-world nanotechnology research and curriculum development at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. The RET program provides each participant a stipend of $5300, along with support for classroom supplies and travel to the spring 2023 conference of the National Science Teachers Association. (NSTA). No prior scientific research experience is necessary. This in-person program will run from June 20 to July 29, 2022. For more information and to apply, please go to program.