May 3, 2019

Researchers take a bottom-up approach to synthesizing microscopic diamonds for bioimaging, quantum computing

NanoES faculty member Peter Pauzauskie and his team discovered that they can use extremely high pressure and temperature to introduce other elements into nanodiamonds, making them potentially useful in cell and tissue imaging, as well as quantum communications and quantum sensing. This work was done in collaboration with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and published in Science Advances on May 3.

April 10, 2019

UW Molecular Analysis Facility adds new Scanning Electron Microscope

The Molecular Analysis Facility (MAF), part of the Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure, has added a new advanced Scanning Electron Microscope, the TFS Apreo-S with Lovac, system to their toolset. The system offers combined imaging detectors, an optional sTEM mode, and some image automation capabilities as well. It can also produce high resolution images of a wide variety of materials…

April 5, 2019

MOtif Materials team wins grand prize at 2019 Environmental Innovation Challenge

Student team behind MOtif Materials with giant check

The MOtiF Materials team led by Elizabeth Rasmussen, a PhD student in the lab of NanoES faculty member Igor Novosselov, won the $15,000 grand prize at the 2019 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC), an the event hosted by the UW Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. The team of mechanical engineering students aim to solve a battery manufacturing problem that “doesn’t involve killing our planet with toxic waste.”

March 21, 2019

UW, Microsoft, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory establish new Northwest Quantum Nexus for a quantum revolution in science, technology

Mary Lidstrom at the Quantum Summit

The UW has deep roots in quantum research and discovery, and today researchers across the UW — in the College of Engineering, the College of Arts & Sciences and the Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems — are at the forefront of QIS research. The university recently established UW Quantum X to join QIS research endeavors across the UW in fields such as quantum sensing, quantum computing, quantum communication and quantum materials and devices. Co-chairs of UW Quantum X are Kai-Mei Fu, associate professor of both physics and electrical and computer engineering and a NanoES faculty member, and Jim Pfaendtner, associate professor and chair of chemical engineering. Fu and Pfaendtner were also co-organizers of the summit, along with counterparts at Microsoft and the PNNL.

February 28, 2019

NanoES Faculty Profile: Eric Klavins

NanoES faculty member Eric Klavins and his team are engineering a toolbox of synthetic biological parts to create new living systems. The Klavins research group maintains lab and office space on the third floor of the NanoES building.

February 22, 2019

UW Hiring Washington Nanofabrication Facility Director

The University of Washington currently has an opening for the director of the Washington Nanofabrication Facility, a world-class facility in the NSF-supported National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure network. The WNF director will oversee all aspects of cleanroom operation and supervise a staff of more than 10 technical and administrative members.

January 9, 2019

Layer by Layer: Nanofabrication Engineer Andy Lingley Reflects on WNF’s Role in his Career Development

“One of the really wonderful things about WNF is how it feels like a community,” says Andy Lingley, a nanofabrication engineer at Modern Electron, a cleantech startup located in Bellevue, Washington. The Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF) is a publicly accessible facility at the University of Washington (UW) and is part of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated…

January 3, 2019

NanoES Faculty Profile: Peter Pauzauskie

Peter Pauzauskie, Materials Science & Engineering professor and NanoES faculty member, synthesizes nanoscale materials for potential applications in next-generation quantum sensors, biomedical devices, and solid-state laser refrigeration. The Pauzauskie Research Group maintains office space, a wet lab for nanocrystal synthesis, and a lab for laser spectroscopy experiments in the NanoES building.

November 14, 2018

Scientists engineer a functional optical lens out of 2D materials

In a paper published Oct. 8 in the journal Nano Letters, a team from the University of Washington and the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan announced that it has constructed functional metalenses that are one-tenth to one-half the thickness of the wavelengths of light that they focus. Their metalenses, which were constructed out of layered 2D materials, were as thin as 190 nanometers — less than 1/100,000ths of an inch thick.

October 30, 2018

UW Electrical & Computer Engineering Hiring Tenure-Track Faculty

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Washington, Seattle invites applications for multiple full-time tenure-track positions with a nine-month service period annually, from exceptional candidates with strong record of collaboration and creativity. Hiring will be made primarily at the tenure-track assistant professor level with an anticipated start date of September 16, 2019. More information about the department, including background on our recent name change to ECE can be found at

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