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Research Resources for Nanoscale Science and Technology

At Penn State, research resources come in the form of funding, infrastructure, and the opportunity to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams.

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In the decade from 1999 to 2009, the University’s total research spending increased 96 percent, to $765 million annually. Some 65 percent of research expenditures were in five interdisciplinary research fields with important connections to nanotechnology. These fields are materials, life sciences, the environment, social science, and defense. Four interdisciplinary research units support nanotechnology research; these are: the Applied Research Laboratory, The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, The Materials Research Institute, and the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment.

The University has invested more than $75 million in nano-related facilities, equipment, and infrastructure. The flagship of this effort is the Penn State Nanofabrication Laboratory, which has operated since 1993 as part of the National Science Foundation's National Nanofabrication Infrastructure Network (NNIN).

Penn State NNIN infrastructure provides:

  • $75M in capital equipment
  • 10,000 square feet of clean room space
  • 25,000 square feet of lab space
  • 40+ professional staff, including 10+ PhDs

This facility is complemented by other nano and MEMS facilities, part of Penn State's distributed network for research across campus in nano and molecular level science and technology.

To learn more about research resouces for nanotechnology at Penn State, please click on the tabs for Facilities, Centers, Map, and Funded Research on the left side navigation bar.