Founded in 2002 on the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus, the Gertrude E. and John M. Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering (PINSE) fosters collaboration and innovation for members of the University community, as well as researchers throughout the region.  

To support our mission, PINSE established the Nanoscale Fabrication and Characterization Facility (NFCF) in 2006 through an endowment by alumnus Gertrude E. and John M. Petersen. This 4,000 square foot clean room facility serves the nanofabrication and characterization needs of internal and external users by providing state-of-the-art equipment that is core to nanoscience and nanotechnology research.  

We continue our mission, by not only serving users at the NFCF, but fostering collaboration among diverse research groups both inside and outside of the University, promoting innovation through interdisciplinary seminars and events, and exposing undergraduate students to nanoscience and nanotechnology. Through collaboration, innovation, and service, PINSE works to foster a highly diverse and interdisciplinary community of researchers around the study of nanoscience. 




PINSE supports the Nanoscale Fabrication and Characterization Facility (NFCF), a user facility located in Benedum Hall. This facility houses state-of-the-art equipment with core-nano-level capability.  There are several features which make the capabilities of NFCF unique including 4 different types of Lithography (Optical, EBL, Dual Beam, and Dip-Pen), an Electron Probe Micro Analyzer (EPMA), and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM).