Nano Research Facility School of Engineering & Applied Science

The Nano Research Facility (NRF) at Washington University in St. Louis is an open, shared research, and education environment that brings researchers across disciplines together, particularly in the emerging area of nanomaterials with applications in the energy, environment, and biomedical fields. We are located in Brauer Hall and Whitaker Hall on the Danforth Campus.

Our mission is to be a resource to the scientific and technical community for the advancement of nanoscience and nanotechnology in a safe and environmentally benign manner.


NRF Imaging Lab

Users Synthesizing and Imaging Nanoparticles

NRF Imaging Lab

Colorized SEM Image of Pollen

NRF Micro-Fabrication in Brauer Hall

User Fabricating Sensor Electrodes.

International Research - The McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environment Partnership (MAGEEP)

The Nano Research Facility participates in international research exchange programs and supports international collaborative research projects.

Silver Nanomaterials

Shape Controlled Synthesis of Silver Nanomaterials provides a powerful tool to make nanowires and nanocubes in large quantity and high yield.

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis provides unique technical expertise and capabilities at the intersection of nanotechnology and important needs in public health and the environment.

Are Nanoparticles Dangerous?

The small size of nanoparticles allow them to enter tissues, cells and organelles.

Nanoparticle Instrumentation

Nanoparticle Instrumentation provides unique oppotunities for processing particles for use in toxicity and environmental studies.

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Equipment Schedule

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NRF Brochure

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Work with the Nano Research Facility

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NRF includes a surface characterization lab, particle technology lab, and imaging lab with a focus on bio-imaging. NRF provides unique technical expertise in:
  • Synthesis of nanostructured materials
  • Particle instrumentation tools for toxicity studies
  • Non-invasive imaging modalities for biological applications
  • Clean Energy Applications
  • Energy and Environmental nanotechology
  • Environmental Health and Safety

 Please contact to learn more about partnering opportunities.

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