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.


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


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 leads 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 and at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon.

The growth of nanotechnology infrastructure at UW and in the region is key to attracting top nanoscale science and engineering talent and to creating next-generation materials, devices, and systems in information processing, energy and health.


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