The Gertrude E. and John M. Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering (PINSE) is an integrated, multidisciplinary organization that brings coherence to the University's research efforts and resources in the fields of nanoscale science and engineering. The Institute's vision is to solve large, complex scientific and engineering challenges by facilitating interdisciplinary teams drawn from faculty in the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Health Sciences, and to educate the next generation of scientists through world-class integrated programs. PINSE provides research infrastructure for nanoscience research and fosters interactions among diverse research groups both inside and outside of the University to encourage innovative and interdisciplinary knowledge generation. The Institute serves industrial interests by forming partner groups and seeking opportunities for sharing discoveries with the commercial sector. Through an open seminar series and user meetings each semester, PINSE brings in leading researchers to present their work on nanoscience in an interdisciplinary setting in an effort to promote dissemination of expertise throughout the user community. These research goals combine to form the three tenets of PINSE – Collaboration, Innovation, and Service.
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 5 different types of Lithography (Optical, EBL, Dual Beam, and Imprint), a Field-Emission Microprobe (EPMA), and TEM.