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

NSMS student Amber McBride awarded Outstanding Poster award at 2014 NCI Cancer Nanotechnology PI meeting
NSMS student Amber McBride awarded Outstanding Poster award at 2014 NCI Cancer Nanotechnology PI meeting

October 3, 2014: Amber completed her PhD in the Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering program in August 2014. Her primary research mentor was Pavan Muttil in Pharmacy. She will shortly move to a postdoctoral position at Sandia National Laboratories.

Researchers discover catalytic converter breakthrough in automobiles
NSMS student Matt Graus awarded Careers in Immunology fellowship

October 1, 2014: NSMS student Matt Graus was awarded a one year Careers in Immunology Fellowship from the American Association of Immunologists. The program was launched in April, 2014 and supplies regular AAI members with one year of salary support for a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. View more information about this year's recipients »

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" »