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Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology

Nanoscale technology is the next frontier in our quest to find solutions to problems facing humankind. The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) was established in 2001 at the University of Illinois, as the premier Center for nanoscale science and technology initiatives.

CNST draws its strength working as a collaboratory toward seamless integration of interdisciplinary research from atoms and materials to devices and systems.

CNST is uniquely located to harness the entrepreneurial and technical spirit in downstate Illinois, with ongoing linkages with the University Research Park, the Illinois Technology and Enterprise Corporation-an initiative of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the state legislature. Industrial linkages have been established.

CNST also is embarking on developing a curriculum for nanotechnology education, which will transcend a number of campus departments and units. Exceptional students with interest in nanotechnology projects have been awarded fellowships, and several promising projects have been seeded.

CNST-led projects with nation-wide and global partnerships have included nanomedicine, nanofabrication, and training of the next generation workforce.

CNST's outreach efforts have involved local middle and high schools, museums in Urbana-Champaign and Chicago, and presentations to legislators and policy makers at the Capitol, World Bank, and other national and international institutions.


2011 Summer Schools

NSF-I/UCRC: Center for Agricultural, Biomedical, and Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology (CABPN), Industrial Advisory Board May 2-3 at the University of Illinois

University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) Annual Nanotechnology Workshop 2011 To register click * May 12-13 at the University of Illinois

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nPEAP: nano-Photonics and Electronics Industry Affiliates Program May 13 at the University of Illinois To register click

2011 Summer School Application Deadlines

Bionanophotonics Summer School, May 23-June 3 at the University of Illinois Application Deadline:
April 1, 2011


NSF-Physics of Living Cells Summer School, July 18-July 23 at the University of Illinois Application Deadline: April 4, 2011


NSF-IGERT CMMB and NIH/NCI M-CNTC Summer School, July 25-August 5 at the University of Illinois Application Deadline:
April 30, 2011


GEM4: Global Enterprise for Micro Mechanics and Molecular Medicine Summer School, June 20-July 1 at Georgia Tech. (UI partner institution) Application Deadline: May 15, 2011


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CNST site developed: May 31, 2002.
Updated April 27, 2011