University of California Berkeley

University of California Berkeley
Type Disciplines
State University Chemistry Engineering Nanobiology Nanomaterials Fabrication Nanofluidics Nanostructures Soft Nano
Address Postal Code
210 McLaughlin Hall 94720
City State / Province
Berkeley CA
E-mail Country
Web Phone
link (510) 642-6000

The Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute (BNNI) is the umbrella organization for expanding and coordinating Berkeley's research and educational activities in nanoscale science and engineering.

The campus has identified nanoscale science and engineering as a top priority, and has allocated seven additional faculty positions that will be recruited by interdisciplinary search committees. This is in addition to the significant number of new faculty in nanoscale science and engineering that are being recruited by departments.

UC Berkeley has a number of unique strengths in this rapidly expanding field, including:
  • Over 90 faculty with active research programs
  • Top ranked (in top 3 or above) programs in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering and Physical Sciences -- the disciplines that provide the foundation for nanoscale science and engineering
  • A close partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is also investing heavily in nanoscience though user facilities such as the Molecular Foundry
  • Participation in the vibrant "innovation ecosystem" of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, which means that ideas move rapidly from the lab to the marketplace
UC Berkeley has world-class facilities for micro- and nanoscale characterization, imaging, synthesis, processing, and fabrication.

Berkeley faculty and students also benefit from our proximity to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL), which has important national user facilities to support research at the frontiers of nanoscience.


The Molecular Foundry at LBL is a user facility for the design, synthesis and characterization of nanoscale materials. The focus of the Foundry will be on the development and understanding of both "soft" (biological and polymer) and "hard" (inorganic and microfabricated) nanostructured building blocks and their integration into complex functional assemblies.

The Foundry will support six closely coupled facilities:
  1. Inorganic Nanostructures
  2. Nanofabrication
  3. Organic Polymer/Biopolymer Synthesis
  4. Biological Nanostructures
  5. Imaging and Manipulation
  6. Theory of Nanostructured Materials

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