Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure

Part of the NSF-funded National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

Researcher in WNF
MAF staff member in the lab
WNF Staff in the Cleanroom

The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) is a National Science Foundation-funded resource that coordinates nanoscale research and development activity across the United States. NNCI sites provide researchers from academia, small and large companies, and government with access to university user facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering and technology. NNCI builds on the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), which enabled major discoveries, innovations and contributions to education and commerce for more than 10 years.

The University of Washington represents one of the 16 primary NNCI sites across the nation and is the primary resource for researchers and engineers in the Pacific Northwest.

UW partnered with Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon to form the Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NNI), a collection of fabrication and characterization facilities at UW and OSU. NNI activities are led and coordinated by the Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems.

NNI has four main thrusts: Make, Measure, Model, and Mentor, emphasizing advanced nano-research, scalable prototyping, and workforce development.

NNI Facilities

Our facilities offer safe, efficient, and affordable access to high-throughput and one-of-a-kind resources for scientific discovery and prototyping – in an environment that protects intellectual property and supports translational research.

Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF, Seattle)

Molecular Analysis Facility (MAF, Seattle)

> Ambient Pressure Surface Characterization Laboratory (APSCL, Corvallis)

> Materials Synthesis & Characterization Facility (MaSC, Corvallis)

> Oregon Process Innovation Center (OPIC, Corvallis)

> Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute (ATAMI, Corvallis)


All users of NNCI facilities at UW and OSU are asked to acknowledge National Science Foundation award NNCI-1542101.


Integrated Photonics

Capabilities support large-scale integrated networks of photonic devices as well as single photonic devices for sensing in health-related diagnostics.

Advanced Energy Materials and Devices

Capabilities support the development and integration of benign materials for batteries and solar power.

Bio-nano Interfaces and Systems

Capabilities support the development of biosensors and bioelectronics.


Karl Böhringer

NNI Site Director
Director, Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems
Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at UW

Jevne Micheau-Cunningham

Deputy Director, Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems

Lara Gamble

Director, Molecular Analysis Facility
Research Associate Professor of Bioengineering at UW

Greg Herman

Director, Ambient Pressure Surface Characterization Laboratory
Professor of Chemical Engineering at OSU
By linking together characterization and fabrication facilities across the Pacific Northwest, NNI streamlines and expands the breadth of equipment and expertise available to scientists with diverse research interest and needs.