Welcome to the University of New Mexico Nanoscience and Microsystems Program

Nanoscience and nanotechnology have been referred to as the Industrial Revolution of the 21st century. Nanoscience refers to the scientific phenomena that occur at sizes around a nanometer, which is one billionth of a meter. An example of scale is the walls of cells, which are five nanometers thick. Demand for graduates in nanotechnology has been increasing steadily, but currently, only a few universities offer degree programs. UNM's interdisciplinary Nanoscience and Microsystems degree program is offered jointly by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering, evolving from the traditional disciplines of solid state physics, chemistry, biology, materials science and engineering. More than 70 faculty in nine academic departments worked together to develop the Nanoscience and Microsystems degree program. This program is a great example of how our faculty's leading-edge research benefits graduate as well as undergraduate students in a formal curriculum.

UNM Nanoscience and Microsystems Program Highlights, News, and Events

National Nanodays
National Nanodays at The Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience

March 28/29, 2014: A "National Nanodays" program for kids will be led by graduate students from the UNM Nanoscience and Microsystems degree program and will feature hands-on nanotechnology activities along with interactive visualization tools to share developments and discoveries in the materials and biomedical sciences. The Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience »

Improved Low-Temperature Performance of Catalytic Converters
Improved Low-Temperature Performance of Catalytic Converters

January 27, 2014: Researchers from the University of New Mexico and Argonne National Laboratory simulated diesel oxidation catalysts with 2.5% Pd and tested in two different preparations, one with alumina only and one with La-stabilized alumina. Improved Low-Temperature Performance of Catalytic Converters »

the Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience
The Art of Systems Biology & Nanoscience and NanoDays in the news

March 29/30, and April 06, 2013: Watch New Mexico Style's interview with Dr. Janet Oliver on The Art of Systems Biology & Nanoscience (March 29,30) and NanoDays (April 06)... Art of Systems Biology & Nanoscience and NanoDays in the news »

Mares-Duran and Armstrong awarded NISE Network mini-grant
Mares-Duran and Armstrong awarded NISE Network mini-grant

December 04, 2012: Annette Mares-Duran and Heather Armstrong were awarded a NISE Network mini-grant by the NISE Network (Nanoscale Informal Science Education)... Continue reading Mares-Duran and Armstrong awarded NISE Network mini-grant »

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New Science On Tap seminar series

November 02, 2012: Standing room only at November's Science On Tap event! Next event is December 06. Events are at 5:30 at Cosmo Tapas Restaurant... More on the December 06 SCIENCE ON TAP event »