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Microsystems and Nanotechnology

Universities, laboratories, and private companies in Albuquerque lead in development of nanotechnology.

Albuquerque’s rapidly evolving microsystems cluster and the promise of the city’s nanotechnology assets have captured the attention of Small Times Magazine and the Milken Institute. Dozens of local companies are either micro/nano companies or rely on the technologies.

Two local success stories are Manhattan Scientifics and NanoPore. Manhattan Scientifics transfers and commercializes nano medical technologies and develops commercial medical prosthetics applications for its ultra fine grain metals. NanoPore’s thermal insulation is many times more efficient than Styrofoam or fiberglass for maintaining temperatures; the company has spun out five companies, and built factories in Albuquerque and England.

Micro-Nano Assets

Sandia National Laboratories is a microsystems and nanotech pioneer. Sandia’s Microsystems organization enables new and increasingly powerful macro-system capability.

Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia together operate the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), a national Nanoscale Science Research Center. It’s a national user facility, accessible to business and educators, devoted to establishing the scientific principles that govern the design, performance, and integration of nanoscale materials. The core facility is in Albuquerque.

UNM’s Center for High Technology Materials features a Crystal Growth Facility to create structures used in advanced semiconductor devices. The Manufacturing Training and Technology Center supports manufacturing prototyping. 

The Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialization Education Foundation (MANCEF), which promotes commercialization of small tech and education and exchange around the world, is based in Albuquerque.

Workforce Training

UNM offers a graduate program in nanoscience and miscrosystems; the cleanroom in the Manufacturing Training and Technology Center supports training, research and commercialization of micro systems. The Center for Micro-Engineered Materials, a focal point for material science research and education at UNM, manages the UNM site of the UNM-Rutgers Ceramic and Composite Materials Center, an NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center.