The San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure (SDNI) at UCSD was established in September 2015 as one of 16 nation-wide sites of the NSF supported National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI). As an NNCI site, the SDNI provides researchers from academia, government, and companies large and small 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. The NNCI is the successor of the previous National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), which had enabled major discoveries, innovations, and contributions to education and commerce for over 10 years.
The SDNI at UCSD offers access to a broad spectrum of nanofabrication and characterization technologies and expertise that enable and accelerate cutting edge scientific research, proof-of-concept demonstration, device and system prototyping, product development, and technology translation. The NNCI site builds upon UCSD's existing Nano3 (Nanoscience, Nanoengineering, Nanomedicine) user facility, established in 2006, and leverages additional specialized resources and expertise at UCSD for NanoBioMedicine, NanoPhotonics, and NanoMagnetics.
In addition to offering broad capabilities, the UCSD NNCI site also provides deep expertise in the domains of NanoBioMedicine, NanoPhotonics, and NanoMagnetics. Renowned for nanobiomedical research, UCSD marshals world-class research and training in the life and physical sciences, medicine, and engineering to forge strong connections with the nearly 700 biotechnology companies near campus. As partner in NSF's Engineering Research Center for Integrated Access Networks, UCSD is a leader in nanophotonics and integrated photonics systems research, fabrication and testing. UCSD's Center for Magnetic Recording Research brings to the NNCI unique capabilities in nanomagnetics, covering the areas of magnetism, superconductivity, and quantum computing that contribute significantly to earth sciences, environmental, and biomedical research.