The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the formation of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) network and the University of Minnesota is pleased to announce that the Minnesota Nano Center has been selected to be one of the nodes in NNCI receiving an award of 4.5 M$ over five years. This follows an eleven year period of participation in the NSF National Nano Infrastructure Network over which the school was awarded 8 M$. The NNCI is designed to enable major discoveries, innovations, and contributions to education and commerce by providing researchers from academia, small and large companies, and government, with open access to university user facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.
In addition to providing users access to a full range of fabrication equipment in Keller Hall and the new Physics and Nano building, as a new NNCI node the Minnesota Nano Center will support activities in two-dimensional materials, bionano, and, through participation by North Dakota State University, advanced packaging. Participation in the network will enable the University of Minnesota to further strengthen its capabilities in this vital area. The effort will be led by Prof. Stephen Campbell, who holds the Bordeau Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and is the director of the Minnesota Nano Center.