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The CNSI Building

Nanoscience and nanotechnology are rapidly changing disciplines. One way to help scientists and students keep up with the rapid pace of scientific discovery is to provide them with modern, state-of-the art physical resources. At the California NanoSystems Institute, this requirement is a top priority.

In 2007, the CNSI moved into a brand new 188,000 square foot, world-class research facility on the UCLA campus. Strategically located on the Court of Science amid the disciplines that comprise the CNSI membership, Life and Physical Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the CNSI facility will provide critical space for new research initiatives and sophisticated laboratories to support its mission to encourage university collaborations with industry and to enable the rapid commercialization of discoveries in nanosystems.

The seven-story structure includes state-of-the art shared Core Research Laboratories including the Electron Imaging Center of Nanomachines, Advanced Light Microscopy/Spectroscopy, Nano and Pico Characterization, Coherent Imaging, Quantum Information Research, Class 100 and Class 1000 Clean Rooms (including 2 Class 1000 Clean Rooms dedicated to nanobio research), the Macro-Scale Small Animal Imaging Facility, and Molecular Screening Shared Resource in specifically engineered space for low noise and low vibration to house sophisticated equipment such as Scanning Electron Microscope, Transmission Electron Microscope, Scanning Tunneling Microscope, Atomic Force Microscope, and eBeam Writer. The labs and equipment will be available to corporate and academic partners.

In addition to the expansive laboratory space, the new building offers vast community space designed to stimulate interaction and collaboration among researchers. The common areas, equipped with wireless network throughout, include six outdoor terraces with seating areas on upper levels, a 260-seat theater, lobby space, eleven conference and break rooms equipped with kitchenettes, and an Interaction space set up with movable tables and comfortable chairs amid track-driven whiteboard screens that move to create smaller discussion spaces.

The new CNSI building creates vast opportunities for scholarly achievement and visionary research.

Rafael Viñoly Architects / California NanoSystems Institute project description