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Center for Nano/Micro Systems (CNMS)

The Center for Nano/Micro Systems (CNMS) is led by Shubhra Gangopadhyay, professor of electrical and computer engineering.


Initiated in 2006, the center was formed to create opportunities for research collaboration and to offer access to advanced fabrication and characterization equipment — a core facility was launched in 2009.

The center primarily supports research in nanotechnology, microfluidics, photonics, advanced materials, energy, medicine and microbiology. Its 34-affiliated faculty include three associate directors who also are on the faculty of the MU College of Engineering: Gregory Triplett, an associate professor of the electrical and computer engineering, and Sheila Grant and Raghuraman Kannan, a professor and assistant professor of bioengineering, respectively.

Since 2009, affiliated faculty and researchers have been awarded 36 research grants that have resulted in nearly 60 publications. The center’s research expenditures have topped $1 million every year since 2007. In 2013, expenditures were $1,221,390.

Nano/bio material processing, characterization and sensors are the center’s greatest research strengths, and operational strengths include the depth and breadth of the research team, its collaborative atmosphere, innovation and talented graduate students.

Fully 37 doctoral students, 20 masters and 23 undergraduates have been mentored through the center since it was formed.

Gangopadhyay has worked extensively to build broad coalitions and national level centers to better attract research funding, promote collaborative projects and raise the visibility of MU Engineering.

A Nanotechnology Enterprise Consortium (NTEC) with 17 member companies was formed in 2010. A successful venture, it provides opportunities for Missouri industries to work together in the highly specialized, competitive nanotechnology field.

CNMS also has been heavily engaged in international education and research initiatives, including the IREX Iraq University Linkage program.

With a keen focus on economic development, center-affiliated faculty have launched five start-up companies. These researchers have been awarded 10 patents and four additional applications are pending.