Director's Message

Dr. Alexander Balandin
Dr. Alexander Balandin - Director

Welcome to the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering

Nanofabrication Facility  

Nanotechnology is not only changing the way that science and engineering are practiced but it is vastly improving the quality of life by bringing about revolutionary advances in electronics, computing, communications, engineering materials and medicine. It is therefore essential that UC Riverside pursues preeminent positions in a broad swath of nanotechnologies. 

The Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) was established to achieve this vision by crossing the border of two colleges - the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) and the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS), together with strong ties to the Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E) Program, Division of Biomedical Sciences, and UCR Medical School. The Center brings together scientists from the disciplines of engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science and medicine.

In the core of the CNSE is the Nanofabrication Cleanroom Facility – the campus-wide users’ facility, located in the Bourns Hall and Materials Science and Engineering building.

The CNSE Nanofabrication facility:   

  • Enables the world-class research and graduate student training in all areas of nanotechnology
  • Fosters interdisciplinary research and cooperation among scientists and engineers  
  • Provides a state-of-the-art environment for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and professors from all countries
  • Ensures the highest international academic standards, integrity, equality and diversity, as well as respect and recognition for all
  • Maintains the highest level of safety
  • Serves as the framework and precursor for future externally funded multi-PI projects and research centers at UCR
  • Facilitates cooperation with the high-tech industry in the Inland Empire and California

CNSE focuses on promoting the following research thrusts – next generation electronics, spintronics, low-dimensional materials and devices, and nano-medicine. In addition to providing essential nanofabrication capabilities for research in electronic materials and devices, CNSE facilitates the pursuit of research and education in emerging and interdisciplinary fields such as heterogeneously integrated devices and circuits, sensor technologies, biomedical, renewable energy, and environmental engineering. The Center fosters cooperation among BCOE, CNAS, Medical School and local industry. 

The CNSE Nanofabrication Facility enables the faculty, students, and industry collaborators to access a broad array of equipment to enhance their research capabilities, and become more competitive in obtaining federal, state, and private funding. The facility advances the UC Riverside objectives of increased research and educational visibility, enhancement in academic rankings, and federal research funding.  

We are looking for cooperation with you and hope that you will be able to use the Center’s facilities in the near future. 

Thank you.


Alexander A. Balandin, PhD
Director of UCR CNSE Nanofabrication Facility
Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
University of California Presidential Chair Professor
Founding Chair of Materials Science and Engineering 
University of California – Riverside, CA 92521 USA   

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