NanoES

Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems

Catalyzing innovative, interdisciplinary, and industry-relevant nanoscale research with the potential to shape next-generation products in information processing, energy, and health.

Upcoming Events

Starting in 2019, NanoES will offer weekly seminars featuring faculty and students to highlight research in the design, processing and integration of scalable nano-engineered devices and systems.

Coordinating PNW nanotech user facilities

NanoES links publicly accessible nanotechnology facilities in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) to NSF's National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), further expanding the breadth of equipment and expertise available to scientists with diverse research interests and needs.

The Institute for Nano-engineered Systems (NanoES) is an initiative of the College of Engineering at the University of Washington. Its mission is to bring together faculty teams from across the college and the university to catalyze cutting-edge and translational research in the design, processing and integration of scalable nano-engineered devices and systems. The NanoES vision is to act as a magnet for researchers in nano science and engineering, enabling them to develop solutions to its grand challenges: the scalable, high-yield manufacture of nano-engineered systems in information processing, energy, health, and interconnected life.

Focus Areas

Specific focus areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Integrated Photonics – from single sensors to large-scale integrated networks of photonic devices — photonics drives advancements in fields from health-related diagnostics to information technologies.
  • Augmented Humanity – portable, wearable, implantable and networked technology for personalized medical care or a more efficient interconnected life.
  • Scalable Nanomanufacturing – a broad field with immediate opportunities for translational research, with specific emphasis on large-scale nanosystems for developing low-cost, high-volume nanomanufacturing solutions and bio-3D-printing for cell, tissue, and scaffold printing.

Coordinating Nanotechnology User Facilities in the Pacific Northwest

As the Pacific Northwest node in the National Science Foundation’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), NanoES provides scientists and engineers in the region, across the country and around the world, with access to state-of-the-art facilities and tools, training resources, and specialized expertise in the design and fabrication of nanoscale materials, structures, devices and systems. NanoES links publicly accessible nanotechnology facilities at both UW and Oregon State University to the NNCI network, further expanding the breadth of equipment and expertise available to scientists with diverse research interests and needs. Together, UW and OSU facilities form the Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NNI).

NNCI at UW

Nanoengineering and Sciences Building: An Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Incubator

Completed in 2017, the Nanoengineering and Sciences Building was designed to promote collaboration and interdisciplinary research through its 53,000 square feet of flexible, multipurpose laboratory and instrumentation space, active learning classroom, “incubator-style” office space, meeting rooms, and communal areas. Furthermore, the building’s location and design limit vibrations and electromagnetic interference, making it an ideal space to house sensitive instruments essential for nanotechnology research and development.

NanoES is seeking innovative, well-thought-out ideas to leverage this space.

Learn more and submit a proposal