Research and development at the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering ranges from major interdisciplinary programs to short-term projects for the private sector. Major programs, funded over several years and expending at least $1M, are described under research programs.

CNSE’s research funding since its inception in 2002 exceeds $110M. In addition to more than 30 government grants and contracts, CNSE has executed more than 20 agreements to work with companies as prime contractors, subcontractors, or partners on government programs.

A characteristic of CNSE’s R&D is the focus on the application and product deliverables. For example, prototype electronics can be routinely fabricated in quantity 1,000 units. Considerations for “manufacturability” and “productization” are part of much of CNSE’s research. 

Research is performed by teams drawn from 70 permanent technical staff, plus more than 90 graduate and undergraduate students and academic faculty. CNSE researchers are also co-PIs or participants in research led by NDSU faculty.

CNSE’s research facilities are located in Research 2, a 75,000 sf structure which opened in 2004 in the NDSU Research & Technology Park on the northwest corner of the NDSU campus. These facilities include class 100 and class 10,000 cleanrooms, modern chemistry/materials science laboratories, engineering labs, and an equipment base valued in excess of $22M.

CNSE participates in Centers of Excellence funded by the State of North Dakota:

  • Center for Advanced Electronics Design and Manufacturing (CAEDM)
  • Center for Integrated Electronic Systems (CIES)
  • Center for Surface Protection (CSP)

These centers partner with companies on market-driven research that has the potential for economic development and job growth in the state.