Nano Research Facility School of Engineering & Applied Science

The Nano Research Facility (NRF) at Washington University in St. Louis is a NNIN nodal facility supported by the National Science Foundation. It cultivates an open, shared research, and education environment that brings researchers across disciplines together, particularly in the emerging area of nanomaterials with applications in the energy, environment, and biomedical fields. We are located in Brauer Hall and Whitaker Hall on the Danforth Campus.

The mission is to be a resource to the scientific and technical community for the advancement of nanoscience and nanotechnology in a safe and environmentally benign manner.



Nano-Fabrication Lab, Washington University in St. Louis.


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Nano-Fabrication Lab Washington University in St. Louis.

International Research - The McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environment Partnership (MAGEEP)

The Nano Research Facility participates in international research exchange programs and supports international collaborative research projects.

Silver Nanomaterials

Shape Controlled Synthesis of Silver Nanomaterials provides a powerful tool to make nanowires and nanocubes in large quantity and high yield.

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis provides unique technical expertise and capabilities at the intersection of nanotechnology and important needs in public health and the environment.

Are Nanoparticles Dangerous?

The small size of nanoparticles allow them to enter tissues, cells and organelles.


The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), supported by the NSF, provides a network of facilities that enable the full creative abilities of the nanotech community to emerge.

Nanoparticle Instrumentation

Nanoparticle Instrumentation provides unique oppotunities for processing particles for use in toxicity and environmental studies.

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2015 NNIN-REU Program

This summer the Nano Research Facility will hosted five (5) NNIN interns. This program lasts 10 weeks starting in June. Our REU summer interns will conduct research with various PIs.  Each student is assigned to a specific research project with the intention of making a meaningful research contribution within their research group. Each research project involves hands-on nanotechnology research using state-of-the-art equipment with the support from their faculty, graduate student mentors, and the NRF facility staff. The program will end with a convocation at the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York.


To find out more about the NNIN-REU Program click on the below link: .



NRF includes a surface characterization lab, particle technology lab, and imaging lab with a focus on bio-imaging. NRF provides unique technical expertise in:
  • Synthesis of nanostructured materials
  • Particle instrumentation tools for toxicity studies
  • Non-invasive imaging modalities for biological applications
  • Clean Energy Applications
  • Energy and Environmental nanotechology
  • Environmental Health and Safety

As a member of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), supported by the National Science Foundation, NRF is available to both academic and industrial users nation-wide and across the globe. Please contact to learn more about partnering opportunities.

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