The Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI) at Brown University was founded in 2007, and IMNI serves as an umbrella organization to support centers and collaborative research in materials, molecular and nanoscale sciences and technologies. IMNI is a "polydisciplinary" venture with over 70 participating faculty members representing nine departments across campus, and 12 staff members.
Much of IMNI research activity is centered around three broad themes:
- Center for Advanced Materials Research
- Center for Nanoscience & Soft Matter
- Nanohealth Initiative
IMNI serves as a focal point for interaction with industry, government, and our affiliated hospitals. IMNI supports and administers: seed funding, scientific team building, proposals preparation, post-award block grants, seminars, special events, and nanoscience course offerings across campus.
IMNI manages three major core research facilities: Microelectronics Facility, Electron Microscopy Facility, NanoTools Facility - and the Joint Engineering/Physics Instrument Shop.