UCSB / UCLA Partnership

The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) is an integrated research facility with locations at UCSB and UCLA. Its mission is to encourage university collaboration with industry and to enable the rapid commercialization of discoveries in nanoscience and nanotechnology. CNSI members represent a multi-disciplinary team of some of the world's preeminent scientists from the life and physical sciences, engineering, and medicine. The work conducted at the CNSI represents world-class expertise in four targeted areas of nanosystems-related research including Energy, Environment, Health-Medicine, and Information Technology.

Science and the Economy

Both science and the economy of the 21st century will require technological breakthroughs in the control of nanometer scale structure and functions, where the top-down approach of electronics manufacture converges with the bottom-up assembly principles of biology. CNSI has chosen to focus on these challenges, dealing with the scientific and technological richness of new advances made possible by the integration of engineered nanoscale building blocks into complex systems.

Visionary Investment

As a California Institute for Science and Innovation (CISI), CNSI builds on a visionary investment in future education, research and technological resources given by the State of California. CNSI also builds upon the existing collaborative strengths of its on-campus participants, and seeks new alliances with industry, universities, and national laboratories.  The vision of the CNSI is to establish a coherent and distinctive organization that serves California and the nation, and that is embedded on the UCSB and UCLA campuses. The CNSI will be a world-class intellectual and physical environment, a collaborative center that will generate ideas, discoveries and the talent that will continue to fuel innovation in Nanosystems.

Major Breakthroughs

CNSI believes that major breakthroughs in 21st century science and technology will arise from an understanding of how to manipulate, control & manufacture at the nanometer scale. The rewards of such understanding will lie in the formation of engineered materials with exceptional strength, elasticity, sensitivity and intelligence. Control of material at the nanometer scale will ensure the creation of compact, complex and multifunctional systems at the macro-scale that will dramatically augment the capabilities of present-day communications, computation, medical therapies and environmental remediation. Our institute's mission is to create the collaborative, closely-integrated and strongly interactive environment that will foster innovation in nanosystems research and education.

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