Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory

From its initial beginnings as a National Science Foundation-funded 'Center for Compound Semiconductor', the facility has evolved to the 'Microelectronics Lab' and into the current 'Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory'. With the recently completed $18 million state-funded expansion, the MNTL has now morphed into a world renowned multidisciplinary laboratory, specializing in micro and nanoelectronics, nanophotonics and optoelectronics, micro and nanoelectromechanical systems, and bionanotechnology. Researchers at MNTL are pushing the frontiers in many aspects of Nanotechnology including nanofabrication, nanocharacterization, nanophotonic crystals, nanomedicine, nanobiosensors, etc. MNTL is the focal point for CMMB IGERT activities.

Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology

Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) at Illinois is the premier center for nanotechnology research, education, and outreach activities. CNST works as a collaboratory involving the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Carver Biotech.Center, Coordinated Science Laboratory, FS Materials Research Laboratory, Institute for Genomic Biology, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Center for Nanoscale Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Manufacturing Systems, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and the School of Chemical Sciences.www.cnst.illinois.edu University Research Park complements its entrepreneurial activities.

FS Materials Research Laboratory

The FS Materials Research Laboratory (FSMRL) is a DOE established facility, which has a full array of modern nanostructural and nanochemical analysis techniques including electron microscopy (SEM, TEM, STEM, high-pressure environmental cell TEM, high-temperature LEEM, focused ion beam microscopy), scanning probe microscopy (AFM and variable-temperature STM), surface microanalysis (SIMS, AES, XPS, imaging XPS, electrochemical XPS), etc.

Institute for Genomic Biology

The Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) is a $75 million, 186,000 sq. ft. facility, with eight research themes in, Systems Biology, Cellular and Metabolic Engineering and Genome Technology. It has SEM, growth chambers, microfab, biosystems PCR.

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is an interdisciplinary research institute, involved in basic research in physical sciences and engineering, and in the life and behavioral sciences. It has Imaging Technology Facility and the Optical Coherence Tomography Facility.

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Recently, NSF setup "petascale" system at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), with computing rates of over 1,000-trillion operations per second. The system may be used, to study complex processes and develop mechanistic understanding of reactions that occur with living cells, evolution and the design of novel materials.

University of California, Merced

Shared research and teaching facilities available at UC Merced include the Imaging and Microscopy Facility, Environmental Analytical Lab., Microfabrication Facility. Together, these facilities provide access to an EELS and EDX equipped high-resolution transmission electron microscope, environmental SEM, X-ray diffractometer, hard and soft electron microscopy specimen preparation facilities, NMR, GPC, FTIR, ICP-MS, lithography, e-beam evaporator, reactive ion etching, UVozonation, PECVD, sputter coater, and other characterization and fabrication equipment. Also, the PIs have access to user facilities at the National Center for Electron Microscopy Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Research Centre of Excellence in Mechanobiology at the National University of Singapore

Recently the National University of Singapore (NUS) has made a strategic decision to actively pursue research in cellular and molecular mechanics and bionanotechnology. NUS has invested heavily in building infrastructure for research in this interdisciplinary area. A GEM4 Lab on Cell & Molecular Mechanics which contains state-of-the-art equipment such as Atomic Force Microscopy System, Laser/Optical Tweezers System and Microfluidic Workstation as well as cell and tissue culture facilities has been set up. These facilities will be available for the CMMB IGERT students to conduct research of mutual interest to explore the mechanical properties of cells using AFM, exploration of physical properties of red blood cells when infected with Malaria, and physical properties of cells using laser tweezers.