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NNCI at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech is a member of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), supported by the National Science Foundation. NNCI is an integrated networked partnership of user facilities serving the needs of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The NNCI is a research facilitator, providing state-of-the-art equipment, resources, staff expertise, and training to enable high-quality nanoscale research. These user facilities are open to researchers from academia, industry, and government. Learn more about the NNCI.

The Georgia Tech NNCI site has dedicated expertise and facilities for a broad range of micro and nanofabrication and characterization projects, including a focus on applications to bioengineering and biomedicine. IEN supports two cleanroom and lab facilities used by more than 700 researchers annually, nearly one-third of whom are from external institutions.

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Some of the advantages of working at Georgia Tech include:

  • State-of-the-art equipment and facilities
  • Access to Georgia Tech, a top-tier science and engineering institution, with world-renowned expertise and resources
  • Direct user control of project reduces costs, saves time and provides intellectual property protection
  • Expert user support and training
  • Unique connection between semiconductor and life science cleanrooms and resources
  • Atlanta location


IEN has historically supported research on a wide variety of materials, structures, and processes, much of which is nonstandard. The scope of research includes: micro- and nano-transducers, MEMS/NEMS, next-generation semiconductors (CNTs, graphene, and compound semiconductors), nanomaterials, biomedical devices and systems, photonics and optoelectronics, photovoltaics, high-speed electronics and wireless systems, and 2D/3D electronic system packaging and interconnects.

The full-time technical staff supports the installation and maintenance of equipment, development of baseline processes, management of training and safety programs, maintenance of stock consumables, and support of the cleanroom website. Training has been designed to promote a culture of open-access facilities, to foster research, education, and outreach in diverse fields, to break the isolation between fields, to lower the barrier between users and well-equipped research facilities, and to support nanoscience and nanotechnology activities. The Advanced Technology Team (ATT) supports all external user activity, both on-site usage as well as contracted remote work.

The process to establish a research project utilizing the IEN is simple:

  1. Contact the IEN's Director of External User Programs, Dr. Paul Joseph, via phone, 404.894.5029 or e-mail (
  2. Define your project goals and equipment needs with one of our technical staff. Both on-site (you do the work) and remote (we do the work) options are available.
  3. Set up a user agreement with the Georgia Tech Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology.
  4. Attend orientation, safety, and equipment training.
  5. Begin work.

Shared User Laboratories

IEN provides advanced Nano, Micro, and Bio Laboratories equipped with over $400M of dedicated process tools and support expertise. These open-user, fee based laboratories are available to global academic, industry, and government clientele, and offer a unique and comprehensive laboratory and teaming environment. Read more

Education and Outreach

The Georgia Tech NNCI Education and Outreach Office provides programs for students, teachers, professionals, and the general public to ensure a nano-literate public and to encourage students to pursue STEM education and careers. Read more

Other members of NNCI include the following major nanotechnology user facilities:


Nano@Tech is an organization comprised of professors, graduate students, and undergraduate students from the Georgia Tech and Emory campuses and professionals from corresponding scientific communities who are interested in Nanotechnology. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month during the academic year at noon in the Marcus Nanotechnology Building conference rooms (rooms 1116-1118). Read more

Social and Ethical Issues (SEI) in Nanotechnology

The National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) SEI program is committed to the research and understanding of the broader implications of nanotechnology. This program addresses not only the impact of new technologies on society at large, but also the ethical responsibilities of researchers who make these developments possible. Read more