The Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute (BNNI) is the umbrella organization for expanding and coordinating Berkeley's research and educational activities in nanoscale science and engineering, The campus has identified nanoscale science and engineering as a top priority, and has allocated seven additional faculty positions that will be recruited by interdisciplinary search committees. This is in addition to the significant number of new faculty in nanoscale science and engineering that are being recruited by departments. UC Berkeley has a number of unique strengths in this rapidly expanding field, including:

  • Over 90 faculty with active research programs
  • Top ranked (in top 3 or above) programs in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering and Physical Sciences -- the disciplines that provide the foundation for nanoscale science and engineering
  • A close partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is also investing heavily in nanoscience though user facilities such as the Molecular Foundry
  • Participation in the vibrant "innovation ecosystem" of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, which means that ideas move rapidly from the lab to the marketplace

The goals of the BNNI are to:

  • Create the best possible environment for faculty and students interested in nanoscale science and engineering with 21st century lab space and shared facilities for nanoscale imaging, characterization, synthesis and fabrication
  • Serve as a catalyst for greater interdisciplinary collaboration between Berkeley faculty and students in disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology and engineering
  • Educate the next generation of leaders in nanoscale science and engineering by creating new courses and courses of study at both the undergraduate and graduate level
  • Deepen and expand our collaborations with industry, National Labs, and government agencies
  • Contribute to an informed public discussion about the ethical, environmental, economic and societal implications of nanotechnology
  • Contribute to our quality of life and the creation of the industries of the 21st century by commercializing cutting-edge nanotechnologies


The BNNI is governed by an Executive Committee. Current members of the Executive Committee include:
  • Chair: Arun Majumdar, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Paul Alivisatos: Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Carolyn Bertozzi: Chemistry
  • Jeff Bokor: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Tom Kalil: Chancellor's Office
  • Ramamoorthy Ramesh: Materials Science and Engineering, Physics
  • Alex Zettl: Physics