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Collaboratory is the effective integration of key laboratories to address critical issues in nanotechnology and its applications:

  1. Photonics, Biosensors, MEMS, Information Technology
  2. Highlight UI uniqueness in NS&T: atoms to systems via effective tool and laboratory development
  3. Provide focus for campus-wide scattered research efforts in NS&T: initiate seed projects, seminar series, central website
  4. Initiate interdisciplinary graduate program in nanoscience and technology
  5. Serve as a bridge between graduate research and undergraduate laboratories
  6. Springboard for subsequent state support for infrastructure and national support for research across COE and campus


Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology
-Theme: Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures 
The Beckman Institute is a multidisciplinary research institute devoted to basic research in the physical science, computation, engineering, biology, behavior, and cognition.  Researchers in the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures and others have access to a wide array of powerful research tools.

Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center 
-Theme: Nanobiotechnology- Thrusts include Investigation of biological diagnostic technologies at cellular and molecular level. 
The major research facilities at the Biotechnology Center are the W.M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics, Flow Cytometry Facility, Immunological Resources Center, Protein Sciences Facility, and Transgenic Animal Facility.

National Center for Design of Biomimetic Nanoconductors- NIH-funded Center
-Theme: Design of Biomimetic Nanoconductors- Thrusts include understanding how biomimetic nanoscale design can be utilized in devices to achieve the functions that membrane transport accomplished in biological systems: a) Electrical and electrochemical signaling, b) generation of osmotic pressures and flows, c) generation of electrical power, and d) energy transduction.

Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL)
-Theme: Nanoscale Information Technology- Thrusts include underlying telecommunications and network infrastructure (devices/circuits, algorithms, networks & systems) that powers IT applications from e-commerce to bio-informatics.

Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory (FS-MRL)
-Theme: Nanoscale Systems: surfaces, interfaces, and structures- Thrusts include surface, interface and thin-film science, nanoscale synthesis and mesoscale engineering, complex materials systems, driven materials, and solid/liquid interface science.

Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB)
-Theme: Bionanotechnology- Thrusts include: Systems Biology, Cellular and Metabolic Engineering and Genome Technology.

Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL)
-Theme: Nanoscale Materials and Structures- Thrusts include synthesis and processing of materials, applications to the realization of micro- and nano-electronic devices, optoelectronic devices, biomolecular electronics, and micro/nano-electromechanical systems.

National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NSCA), and Institute for Advanced Computing Applications and Technologies (IACAT)
-Theme: Computational Nanotechnology-Thrusts include: Modeling and simulation spanning length and time scales integrating nanoscale elements of biology, chemistry, physics, and material science, and experiment validation.



Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS) -NSF-funded Center
-Theme: Nanoscale Manufacturing Systems- Thrusts include: Micro-Nano Fluidic Network Toolkit, Process Sensing and Control, Manufacturing Systems, and Applications.  

School of Chemical Sciences
-Theme: Nanoscale Chemical Analysis and Devices- Thrusts include: Active control of interfacial chemistry and morphology, as an entrée to developing nanoscale chemical devices for sensing, separations, and signal processing.

Center on Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS)*
1102A Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
208 North Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Jimmy Hsia, Education Director
Phoebe Lenear, Education Program Manager
(217) 333-2321 •

Center for Cellular Mechanics (CCM)
2101D Mechanical Engineering Laboratory
1206 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Taher Saif, Director
(217) 333-8552 •

Center of Advanced Materials for Purification of Water with Systems
2127 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory
1206 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Benito Marinas, Acting Director; Brian Pianfetti, Associate Director
(217) 333-2633 •

Global Enterprise for Micro Mechanics and Molecular Medicine (GEM4)
1250 Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
208 North Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Jimmy Hsia, Director
(217) 244-4102 •

Materials Computation Center (MCC)*
2015 Frederick Seitz Materials
Research Laboratory
104 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801
Jennifer Lewis, Director
(217) 265-0319 •

Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI-ARO)
3264 Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
208 North Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Shun Lien Chuang, Director
(217) 333-3359 •

NIH/NCI Midwest-Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center (M-CNTC)
1256 Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
208 North Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Rashid Bashir and Ann Nardulli, Co-Directors
Program Manager: Laura Miller
Phone: (217)-244-7092 •

NIH Resource Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics
3147 Beckman Institute
405 North Matthews, Urbana, IL 61801
Klaus Schulten, Director
(217) 244-1604 •

NSF-IGERT Cellular and Molecular Mechanics and BioNanotechnology
1256 Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
208 North Wright Street, Urbana, IL 61801
Rashid Bashir, Director
Program Manager: Laura Miller
(217)-244-7092 •

Network for Computational Nanotechnology/NanoHub at Illinois*
2104 Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
208 North Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Nahil Sobh, Site Lead
Umberto Ravaioli, Faculty Lead
(217) 244-9481 •

Innovation-based Entrepreneurship at Illinois


Siteman Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence-UIUC sub-location- NCI-funded Center
-Theme: Targeting Cancer using Nanotechnology- The Siteman Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (SCCNE) based at the Washington University-Saint Louis is a partnership between Washington University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Thrusts include: The University of Illinois is leading Core 6 of the project- Nanomaterials and Nanofabrication for Targeting Cancer.  This core addresses fundamental issues pertaining to nanomaterials and nanofabrication toward the development of nanodevices and nanotubes for targeting cancer.  The core also involves nanofabrication training component. <recently completed>

Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology-Student Initiative
-Theme: Student-centered nanotechnology research, education, outreach, and careers 

The University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Student Initiative, a CNST-affiliated U of I Registered Student Organization for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and senior undergraduate students in the nanoscience and nanotechnology fields, invites your membership, participation, and ideas.


*Currently/formerly a National Science Foundation Center
** National Cancer Institute Center
+ Currently/formerly a Department of Energy Laboratory/Center
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