NanoES Institute

The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) is a National Science Foundation-funded resource that coordinates nanoscale research and development activity across the United States. NanoES and the University of Washington represent one of the 16 primary NNCI sites across the nation. Together with affiliated partner Oregon State University and the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute (ATAMI), the collection of fabrication and characterization facilities is known at the Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NNI). NNI has four main thrusts: Make, Measure, Model, and Mentor, emphasizing advanced nano-research, scalable prototyping, and workforce development.


At UW, NNCI members can utilize the Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF), the Molecular Analysis Facility (MAF), and the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds (WCET) for manufacturing, measurements, and modeling. OSU facilities include the ATAMI facility, the Ambient Pressure Surface Characterization Laboratory (APSCL) , the Materials Synthesis and Characterization Facility (MaSC), and the Oregon Process Innovation Center (OPIC).

These facilities offer safe, efficient, safe 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.

Important: We request that all users of NNCI facilities acknowledge National Science Foundation award NNCI-1542101. Furthermore, publications and presentations by UW users should include the following text: “Part of this work was conducted at the Washington Nanofabrication Facility / Molecular Analysis Facility, a National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) site at the University of Washington, which is supported in part by funds from the National Science Foundation (awards NNCI-1542101, 1337840 and 0335765), the National Institutes of Health, the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, the Clean Energy Institute, the Washington Research Foundation, the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Altatech, ClassOne Technology, GCE Market, Google and SPTS.”

User Survey

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Focus Areas

NNI offers unique expertise from leading scientists, including the following three principal focus areas:

  • Integrated photonics, offering capabilities geared towards large-scale integrated networks of photonic devices as well as single photonic devices for sensing in health-related diagnostics.
  • Advanced energy materials and devices, offering capabilities for the development and integration of benign materials for batteries and solar power.
  • Bio-nano interfaces and systems, offering capabilities that support biosensors and bioelectronics.


The NNI Site Director is Karl Böhringer of NanoES. Other NNI staff include Jevne Micheau-Cunningham (NanoES), Lara Gamble (MAF), Michael Khbeis (WNF), and Greg Herman (OSU/APSCL).