University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Type Disciplines
State University Quantum Dots Chemistry Composites Engineering Fabrication Nanobiology Nanomaterials Nanostructures
Address Postal Code
UCLA, 6722 Boelter Hall
Box 957151
City State / Province
Los Angeles CA
E-mail Country
Web Phone
link (310) 267-4838
(310) 267-4918

The California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA is a research center run jointly by UCLA and UC Santa Barbara.

CNSI was established in 2000 with $100 million from the State of California and an additional $250 million in federal research grants and industry funding. Its mission is to encourage university collaboration with industry and enable the rapid commercialization of discoveries in nanosystems.

  • Establish a world-renowned center for nanosystems Research and Development
  • Develop commercial applications of CNSI's technology
  • Educate the next generation of scholars in nanosystems R&D
  • Promote regional development through commercial use of nanotechnology
  • Generate public appreciation and understanding of nanotechnology
CNSI members, who are on the faculty at UCLA and UCSB, represent a multi-disciplinary team of some of the world's preeminent scientists in the fields of materials science, molecular electronics, quantum computing, optical networking and molecular medicine. Upon becoming a CNSI member, a faculty researcher agrees to spend at least 50% of his or her time on research related to nanotechnology and to work toward the rapid commercialization of such research.


Several companies have been started by, or based on the research of, CNSI members. Some of these companies are Agensys CTI Molecular Imaging, Ethertronics, Luxtera, Nanosys and Quantum Dot Corporation. Researchers are also encouraged to engage in collaborations with industrial partners. In one such collaboration, CNSI researchers worked with scientists at Hewlett-Packard to assemble molecules into basic circuits, which resulted in six joint patents and was highlighted in the journal Science as the "Breakthrough of the Year" in 2001.

CNSI is currently constructing two state-of-the-art nanotechnology research facilities, one each at UCLA (approx. 188,000 sf or 17,466 sm) and UCSB (approx. 110,000 sf or 10,200 sm).


  • 2007-005 Formation of CU Thin-film with Embedded High-density Nanoscale Twins
  • 2006-524 Infrared Sensor Based Upon a Novel Polymer-Nanoparticle Design
  • 2006-408 A Novel Ex-Situ Scale Observation Detector (EXSOD) for Mineral Scale Characterization and Online RO Process monitoring
  • 2006-385 Methods to Efficiently Interconnect Nanoscale Computational Components with Spin-waves
  • 2006-264 Nano Particles with Natural Anti-microbial Properties
  • 2006-134 Fabrication of Polyaniline Nanofiber Dispersions and Films
  • 2005-439 Telegraph Signal Microscopy (TSM) For Single Atom, Molecule And Spin Detection and Characterization
  • 2005-122 Method to Manufacture Structures and Devices in Carbon Nanotubes
  • 2004-043 Nanoelectronic Devices Based On Nanowire Networks
  • 2003-314 Method to Assemble an Eukaryotic Capsule-like Organelle In-situ and using it to Encapsulate Biomolecules (Proteins, Peptides, Biosensors), to Sequester Toxins and Contaminants, and in Other Nano-Electrical Machine (NEMS) Applications
  • 2003-309 Interference Lithography by Using Resonant Surface Plasmons
  • 2003-039 Ultra-Low Dielectric Constants (ULDC) Materials for Microelectronics and eTextiles
  • 2002-358 Conjugated Nanoparticles for Targeted Drug Delivery
  • 2001-218 A Method for Lithographic Processing on Molecular Monolayer and Multilayer Thin Films
  • 2000-499 Electronics Integrated with Bio-Reactor Channel For Detection or Fabrication of Bio-Materials

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