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

Researchers discover catalytic converter breakthrough in automobiles
Researchers discover catalytic converter breakthrough in automobiles

September 25, 2014: A research discovery was born from great frustration when Eric Peterson, a graduate student in Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering at UNM, set out to learn a new measuring technique four years ago as part of his Ph.D. Read the full text of "Researchers discover catalytic converter breakthrough in automobiles" »

Sang Han appointed Director of NSMS Program
Sang Han appointed Director of NSMS Program

September 22, 2014: Professor Sang Han of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering has been appointed the new Director of the NSMS Program. Professor Han has had an outstanding record of teaching and research in the program, as well as having supervised a large number of graduate students at both the MS and PhD levels.

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 »