University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering

Center For Nanoscale Science and Engineering

 nanoscale engineering

The Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) crosses the border of two colleges, serving as an example of the intellectual synergy that is taking place on campus. The Center brings together scientists from the disciplines of chemistry, physics, biology and engineering.

Initially the Center is focusing on carbon, silicon and biology as these three areas already make compelling arguments for the power of the nanoscale world, and because these areas fall within the campus’ existing expertise. The case for nanotechnology is often made by reference to biology, where processing is frequently carried out at the level of individual molecules on the nanometer length scale. This thrust for CNSE is predicated on the idea that biology is the theater in which nanotechnology will have its first successful applications. This follows from the fact that biology is the premier example of nanoscale science and engineering, and also because biology is currently the most important driver of the research enterprise. 

The semiconductor industry currently leads the nanotechnology effort in the arena of engineered devices that are constructed in a top-down manner with exquisite precision, whereas carbon is the basis of life and is able to self-assemble amazing structures, again on the nanometer length scale. Carbon is also the most versatile of all elements, and offers many new opportunities for devices, such as those currently being constructed from carbon nanotubes and molecule-based materials. Thus there is a strong effort in new devices, sensors, nanoelectronics and new paradigms for computing, such as spintronics.

As part of CNSE, a nanofabrication facility will provide clean room and semiconductor processing facilities for micro- and nano-device fabrication. Its design allows for the manipulation of nonstandard materials such as organic and biological molecules and their interface to devices.

A Center for Nanoscience Innovation for Defense (CNID) has been established at the University of California, on the campuses of Riverside, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara, funded by ONR (Office of Naval Research), DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and DMEA (Defense Microelectronics Activity). The funding for this action involves more than $13 million over three years. Dr. Haddon is acting as Principal Investigator for the UC Riverside campus.


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