Affiliated Research Centers

NanoES supports a number of interdisciplinary centers.

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Cryo-EM

The Beckman Center for Cryo-EM maintains state-of-the-art instrumentation necessary to determine atomic structures of biological samples that are currently beyond the reach of other structural biology methods.


The Center for Integration of Modern Optoelectronic Materials on Demand (IMOD) is a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center, housed at UW in partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park; the University of Pennsylvania; Lehigh University; Columbia University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Northwestern University; the City College of New York; the University of Chicago; University of Colorado at Boulder; and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. IMOD researchers seek to transform conventional and quantum optoelectronics through the development of atomically-precise semiconductor materials and additive manufacturing processes.


The UW Biofabrication Center (UW BIOFAB) is a unique facility that provides critical automation and analytics infrastructure dedicated to enabling the rapid design, construction and testing of genetically reprogrammed organisms for biotechnology applications and research.


The Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry, and Technology (NW IMPACT) is a joint research collaboration between UW and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. NW IMPACT is transforming energy, telecommunications, medicine, information technology, and other fields through the science of making materials.


The Molecular Engineering Materials Center (MEM·C) is a National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) that promotes the design, development, and deployment of new complex nanomaterials for information processing, sensing, energy, and research tools.


The Center for the Science of Synthesis Across Scales (CSSAS) is a U.S. Department of Energy Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), housed at UW in partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of California San Diego, and the University of Chicago. Biologists, engineers, and physical scientists are researching self-assembly at the molecular scale, including building blocks like proteins and inorganic nanoparticles, in order to create new materials for energy applications.