NanoES Institute

Institute for Nano-engineered Systems

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. Specific focus areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Integrated Photonics – from large-scale integrated networks of photonic devices to single photonic sensors in health-related diagnostics.
  • 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.

As part of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) network, UW and NanoES partner with Oregon State University to form the Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NNI). Learn more about NNCI and NNI >

The Nanoengineering and Sciences Building, opened in December 2017, contains 35,000 square feet of labs (including wet and optical space), offices, meeting rooms, communal areas, and extremely low vibration/EMI areas. NanoES is seeking inventive, well-thought-out ideas to leverage this space. Examples of such proposals include, but are not limited to, scale-up of ongoing research efforts with strong momentum and the creation of new high-impact programs or shared instrumentation facilities. Learn more and submit a proposal >

NanoES also provides access to existing user facilities containing unique fabrication and characterization equipment, such as the Molecular Analysis Facility (MAF), the Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF), and the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds (WCET).

Read recent updates about NanoES, view upcoming events, or find more information about the NanoES leadership.