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Regional Networks

Some sites within the NNCI have established informal networks of regional fabrication and characterization facilities to provide mutual assistance, develop best practices, and provide staff networking opportunities. See the map for locations and participating institutions and the information below for more details and contacts.

The Northern Nano Lab Alliance (NNLA) is a regional network of university fabrication facilities. Our mission is to help each member improve their support of academic research in applied nanotechnology. 

  • The University of Minnesota
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
  • The University of Iowa
  • South Dakota State University
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • North Dakota State University
  • Minnesota State University-Mankato
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interested in joining the NNLA? Contact Dr. Greg Cibuzar at cibuzar@umn.edu.

The Southeastern Nano Facility Network (SENFN) was created in 2018 as a regional network of nanoscale science and engineering user facilities located in the SE United States. The objectives of this network are to share information on capabilities and events at each facility, discuss best-practice solutions to common challenges, and begin a process for informal staff-level technical exchanges.

  • Alabama A&M University - Electrical Engineering Laboratories
  • Clemson University - Micro Fabrication Facility
  • Duke University - Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF)
  • Florida International University - Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute
  • Georgia Institute of Technology - Micro/Nano Fabrication Facility and Materials Characterization Facility (MCF)
  • Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering Facilities
  • Louisiana State University - Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices
  • NC State University - NCSU Nanofabrication Facility and Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF)
  • Oak Ridge National Lab - Center for Nanophase Materials Science
  • Tulane University - Micro/Nano Fabrication Facility
  • University of Alabama - Micro-Fabrication Facility
  • University of Alabama-Huntsville - Nano and Micro Devices Center
  • University of Florida - Research Service Centers
  • University of Georgia - Integrated Bioscience and Nanotechnology Cleanroom
  • University of Memphis - Integrated Microscopy Center
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill - Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory (CHANL)
  • University of Central Florida - Nanoscience Technology Center
  • University of South Carolina - Micro/Nanofluidics Lab
  • University of South Florida - Nanotechnology Research and Education Center (NREC)
  • University of Tennessee-Knoxville - Joint Institute for Advanced Materials Micro-Processing Research Facility
  • Vanderbilt University - Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (VINSE)

If you are interested in joining SENFN, please contact Dr. David Gottfried at dsgottfried@gatech.edu. 

The Southwest Nano-Lab Alliance (SW-NLA) will disseminate best practices in cleanroom management, equipment purchasing/maintenance, and user training across the partner schools across the southwest. The association will meet annually for a one-day workshop that will rotate amongst the participating labs. The workshop will bring together at least two participants from each lab to discuss best practice for managing cleanrooms and associated multi-user facilities, on-going challenges, and future opportunities.

  • Arizona State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Utah
  • University of New Mexico
  • Rio Salado College

For more information, contact Dr. Trevor Thornton at t.thornton@asu.edu.

The Northwest Nanotechnology Laboratory Alliance (NWNLA) is a joint effort between the NNI and MONT sites to create a regional platform for exchange of laboratory experiences and best practices. Members of NWNLA include nanotechnology facilities in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Alberta and British Columbia.

  • University of Washington - Seattle
  • University of Washington - Bothell
  • University of British Columbia - Vancouver
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology - Kirkland
  • Bellevue College
  • Washington State University (Pullman and Vancouver)
  • University of Oregon - Eugene (Main and Knight campuses)
  • Oregon Institute of Technology - Klamath Falls
  • University of Wyoming - Laramie
  • Boise State University
  • Montana State University

 For more information, contact Dr. Karl Bohringer at karlb@uw.edu.

The Mid-Atlantic Region Cleanroom Managers Workshop began as a gathering of lab managers from the academic and government cleanroom facilities located in the triangle formed between Washington DC, Brookhaven National Laboratory in NY, and Pittsburgh, PA. The Singh Center for Nanotechnology Quattrone Nanofabrication Facility staff at MANTH created these semi-annual meetings in 2016 in order to share best practices for research cleanroom operations throughout the region.

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Drexel University
  • University of Delaware
  • Princeton University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Maryland
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Johns Hopkins University (including Applied Physics Lab)
  • City University of New York – Advanced Science Research Center
  • Columbia University
  • New York University
  • Lehigh University
  • Yale University
  • Rutgers University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Howard University
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Naval Research Laboratory
  • Army Research Laboratory
  • NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

For more information, contact Meredith Metzler at metzlerm@seas.upenn.edu.

The Ohio Valley Regional Nano Network has the objective of building a network of researchers from facilities throughout the Ohio Valley. The purposes of the network are to exchange information on operations and capabilities, host processing seminars, accelerate access to KY Multiscale core facilities, and encourage best practices and collaborative research.

More information coming soon.

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