Welcome to the Nanotech User Facility

The NanoTech User Facility (NTUF) was established in 1998 to provide the Pacific Northwest nanotechnology community access to advanced characterization and nanofabrication tools. In 2004, NTUF expanded its role to the national level by becoming one of thirteen nodes of the NSF-sponsored National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN). The mission of the UW NNIN site, which also includes the Washington Nanofacrication Facility (WNF), within NNIN is to provide access to emerging nanoscale tools with an emphasis on the applications of nanotechnology in biology and the life sciences. In addition, UW-NNIN coordinates network-wide interactions with the NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative and is in charge of energizing research in underwater sensing made possible by recent advances in nano- and microtechnology.

Located in the new Molecular Engineering & Science Building, the NTUF occupies 1,915 sq ft of laboratory space, 1,046 sq ft of shared prep area and 446 sq ft of office space (link) and is equipped with research tools and facilities targeted towards the investigative needs of nanobio users. Since 2011, NTUF operates jointly with the College of Engineering's Washington Nanofabrication Facility (WNF), which provides access to complementary photo- and electron-beam-lithography, thin-film deposition, plasma and chemical etching, and characterization processes.

We operate as an open facility available to users from both academia and industry. Scheduling the use of tools is done by a shared campus service called Web Coral, providing convenient with your web browser.

For external events please see the Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institutes's home page.

NEW! FEI XL830 Dual Beam FIB/SEM tool now available in the NTUF
Dual-Beam SEM