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About nano@stanford

nano@stanford encompasses four open access fabrication and characterization facilities:

  • Stanford Nanofabrication Facility (SNF)
  • Stanford Nano Shared Facilities (SNSF)
  • Stanford Microchemical Analysis Facility (MAF)
  • Stanford Isotope and Geochemical Measurement & Analysis Facility (SIGMA)

We welcome researchers from Stanford and also from other academic institutions, industry, and government to become lab members.  Please visit our JOINpage to learn how to become a part of our community.  For more information about nano@stanford, please view our YouTube video below or email us at

nano@stanford is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) under award ECCS-2026822.

What IS nano?

Nanotechnology is studying science and technology of small things, as small as one billionth of a meter or 10-9 meters! This is one of the most promising areas in science and engineering today. The ability to create materials and devices at the nanoscale has applications in every area of life, from more effective medicines to ultrafast communications and cleaner fuels.

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Learn more about NNCI

nano@stanford is part of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), a program that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support 16 open access facility sites, their affiliated partners, and a coordinating office.  The mission of the NNIC is to provide researchers from academia, small and large companies, and government with access to university user facilities with cutting-edge fabrication and characterization tools.  The NNCI embraces diversity and welcomes, recruits, educates, employs, serves, and engages a diverse group of users, students, faculty, and staff with a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, interests, and talents, creating a community of teachers, learners, and researchers that exemplifies the best in all of us – in our intellectual pursuits, our diversity of thought, our personal integrity, and our commitment to excellence.

Get a quick glance into the 2023 nano@stanford Open House!

Learn more about nano@stanford from our YouTube video!

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Jan. 21 and 22, 2021

NNCI Advanced Lithography UnSymposium

This virtual, interactive event was held on Jan. 21-22 and featured information about lithography processing capabilities available through the NNCI.  Attendees who preregistered had the opportunity to vote -- and suggest -- topics to our speakers AND invited to present a 5 minute Lightning talk on any litho-related topic.  Available slides are linked from the agenda.

nano@stanford, Raith and Heidelberg present:

The Direct Write Symposium, 2022

Once again, Raith and Heidelberg have teamed with nano@stanford/NNCI to produce this now annual event, focusing on lithography resources available in the NNCI facilities.  Over 750 researchers have attended these symposia since the series began in 2016.

This year's Symposium was in-person event featuring technical experts describing the latest nano- and micro-lithography capabilities, most of which are available to researchers from any academic, government, or industrial institution through NSF's NNCI. The Symposium took place on Friday, July 15, 2022, on the Stanford campus. Available presentations will be posted at the event link below.

nano@stanford/NNCI and Horiba Scientific present:

Raman Universe - a Perfect Guide to Stellar Research

This virtual event took place Mar/Apr 2021 and featured the fundamentals and applications of Raman spectroscopy instruments available through nano@stanford and other NNCI sites.  Whether you've never used an instrument or are an experienced Raman champion, this short course provides plenty of opportunity to learn.  Follow the link below for the videos for this event.