The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports 16 user facility sites, their affiliated partners, and a coordinating office as the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI). The NNCI sites provide researchers from academia, small and large companies, and government with access to university user facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering and technology.
SENIC provides modern facilities and a broad collection of tools for both top-down and bottom-up nanoscale science and engineering research in the southeastern US. Access and training promotes a culture of open-access to foster research, education, and outreach in diverse fields.
Did you know that the colors in stained glass windows of medieval cathedrals were created by different sized gold and silver nanoparticles? Changing the size (and shape) of the particles produces different colors.
A gecko can walk up a wall and across a ceiling because of nanoscale "spatulas" on the bottom of their feet? One gecko has about one billion of these.
Did you know that the nanoscale properties of the lotus leaf are the inspiration for many easy-clean and water-repellant materials? The lotus leaf has nanoscale waxy bumps that cause water to bead up and roll off, taking dirt with it.
Did you know that the atmosphere is constantly filled with nanoparticles from volcanic ash, sea spray, cosmic dust, and smoke. These are naturally occurring nanoparticles and occur at different heights in our atmosphere.