Built in 2017, the new NanoES building is connected to the Molecular Engineering & Sciences building in the heart of campus.

The Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems (NanoES) at the University of Washington was founded in 2017 by the College of Engineering to support and strengthen the nanotechnology community at UW and beyond. UW is well-known for its expertise in nanoscale materials, sensors and modeling – as well as its state-of-the-art nanofabrication, characterization and testing facilities. Moreover, UW is located in the midst of Seattle’s thriving technology community, making it well-positioned to accelerate the translation of cutting-edge nanoscale research into next-generation products.

NanoES leverages and builds on these strengths, connecting people, tools and opportunities to catalyze innovative, interdisciplinary, and industry-relevant research in the design, processing and integration of scalable nano-engineered devices and systems.

Instrumental to NanoES’ creation was support from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) funding initiative. NanoES heads the Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NNI) site, the Pacific Northwest node in NSF’s NNCI network, which includes world-class fabrication and characterization facilities at UW in Seattle, Washington and at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon.

These publicly-accessible facilities provide researchers and engineers in the region, across the country and around the world, with access to both workhorse tools and cutting-edge instruments, advanced training opportunities, and other specialized resources.