The Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI) was founded in 2007 and serves as an umbrella organization to support centers and collaborative research teams in materials science, and in the molecular and nanosciences. IMNI is a "polydisciplinary" venture with more than 60 faculty members, representing nine departments across campus. IMNI also serves as a focal point for interaction with industry, government, and our affiliated hospitals. IMNI supports scientific team building, proposal preparation, block grant management, seminars, special functions, and nanoscience course offerings across campus
Much of our activity is centered around three major research themes:
- Center for Advanced Materials Research
- Center for Nanoscience & Soft Matter
- Nanohealth Initiative
IMNI also runs four major core research facilities: The Microelectronics Facility for lithography and fabrication, The Electron Microscope Facility with SEM, TEM, FIB and optical microscopy, the Joint Engineering/Physics Instrument Facility, and the IMNI Nanotools Facility for spectroscopy and scanning probe techniques.