Sensors NSI: Sensor Development




Federally Supported Resources

National Nanomanufacturing Network (NNN): The NNN is an alliance of academic, government, and industry partners that cooperate to advance nanomanufacturing strength in the United States. Three NSF-supported Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers (NSECs) form the core of the NNN:

NIBIB Point-of-Care Technologies Research Network (POCTRN): POCTRN's purpose is to drive the development of appropriate point-of-care diagnostic technologies through collaborative efforts that merge scientific and technological capabilities with clinical need. The centers in the Network evaluate promising point-of-care prototype devices, perform appropriate clinical testing of devices, develop partnerships with industry and other stakeholders to facilitate commercialization, and provide training in the development and use of point-of-care technologies. More information about the network and resources can be found on the POCTRN site.

Image Credit: Mike Linenberger / NREL

National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI): The NNMI is intended to create a competitive, effective, and sustainable manufacturing research-to-manufacturing infrastructure for U.S. industry and academia to solve industry-relevant problems. NNMI consists of linked Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs) with common goals, but unique concentrations: 

  • America Makes: Formerly the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. America Makes aims to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing technologies in the U.S. manufacturing sector and to increase domestic manufacturing competitiveness.
  • Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII): The DMDII is applying cutting-edge digital technologies to reduce the time and cost of manufacturing, strengthen the capabilities of the U.S. supply chain, and reduce acquisition costs. The DMDII will both develop and demonstrate digital manufacturing technologies and deploy and commercialize these technologies across key manufacturing industries.
  • Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT): LIFT provides the commercial and military sectors with innovative solutions for lightweight subsystem design, component-level manufacturing, joining, and assembly processes and quality control methods (e.g., distortion-control during joining and heat treatment).
  • Power America: The mission of PowerAmerica is to develop advanced manufacturing processes that will enable large-scale production of wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors, which allow electronic components to be smaller, faster, and more efficient than semiconductors made from silicon.
  • The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI): IACMI aims to increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness of advanced composites materials and structures through engagement with industry and organizations across the nation. 
  • American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics): AIM Photonics is an industry driven public-private partnership that focuses the nation’s premiere capabilities and expertise to capture critical global manufacturing leadership in a technology that is both essential to National security and positioned to provide a compelling return-on-investment to the U.S. economy. The Institute’s goal is to emulate the dramatic successes experienced by the electronics industry over the past 40 years and transition key lessons, processes, and approaches to the photonic integrated circuit (PIC) industry. AIM Photonics supports Small and Medium Enterprises, providing practical access and technology on-ramps for U.S. industry, government, and academic communities. 
  • Flexible Hybrid Electronics (NEXTFLEX): NEXTFLEX will pioneer a new era of advanced Flexible Hybrid Electronics manufacturing in the U.S. by catalyzing a U.S. FHE ecosystem, providing new manufacturing capability to the Department of Defense and industry partners, developing multiple product demonstrators, educating and training professionals and technicians, and exploiting the Silicon Valley’s innovation culture.
  • Pending Institutes: Smart Manufacturing and Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles.

Materials and Information Sources

NCI Antibody Portal: The Antibody Portal serves as a gateway that provides visible access to a large number of reagents and accompanying characterization data to the research and industrial community. Antigens and antibodies are expressed, purified, and characterized using standard operating procedures (SOPs), with all accompanying protocols and data made available to the public.

Specimen Information and Resources

EPA National Air Toxics Trends Stations

TechLink: TechLink is a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Partnership Intermediary per Authority 15 USC 3715, based at Montana State University, Bozeman. Its primary activity is brokering license agreements between DOD labs and U.S. industry for manufacture and use of DOD inventions. These inventions involve virtually all technology fields, including medicine, software, electronics, communications, advanced materials, and energy-related technologies.

Federal Laboratories Consortium for Tech Transfer (FLC): FLC is the nationwide network of Federal laboratories that provides the forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace. In consonance with the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 and related Federal policy, the mission of the FLC is to promote and facilitate the rapid movement of Federal laboratory research results and technologies into the mainstream of the U.S. economy.

FLC Available Technologies Tool: The FLC Available Technologies tool provides a free one-stop shop to locate licensing opportunities for a particular type of technology anywhere in the nationwide system of Federal labs and research centers. Agencies and laboratories are continually being added to the tool to enhance this search capability.

User Facilities

Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Image credit: Department of Energy

NCI Nanotechnology Characterization Lab: NCL serves as a national resource and knowledge base for all cancer researchers to facilitate the regulatory review of nanotechnologies intended for cancer therapies and diagnostics. By providing the critical infrastructure and characterization services to nanomaterial providers, NCL accelerates the transition of basic nanoscale particles and devices into clinical applications, thereby reducing suffering and death from cancer. 

National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI): The NNCI sites provide researchers from academia, government, and companies large and small with access to university user facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.

NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST): CNST supports the U.S. nanotechnology enterprise from discovery to production by providing industry, academia, NIST, and other government agencies with access to world-class nanoscale measurement and fabrication methods and technology. CNST's shared-use NanoFab gives researchers economical access to and training on a commercial state-of-the-art tool set required for cutting-edge nanotechnology development. The simple application process is designed to get projects started in a few weeks. Looking beyond the current commercial state of the art, the CNST's NanoLab offers opportunities for researchers to collaborate on creating and using the next generation of nanoscale measurement instruments and methods.

DOE Nanoscale Research Centers: The Nanoscale Science Research Center (NSRC) Program operates a system of five coordinated centers located in U.S. Dept. of Energy national laboratories across the United States. Each center contains laboratories for synthesis and nanofabrication, one-of-a-kind signature instruments, a suite of supporting instrumentation, and theory, modeling, and simulation expertise. 

Non-Federal Facilities[1]

MNX: MEMS & Nanotechnology Exchange: MNX provides expertise in design and fabrication services to help researchers and companies identify and develop applications using MEMS and nanotechnology. MNX mostly uses its own internal capabilities to provide fabrication services to its customers for prototyping and low-volume production. In addition to providing MEMS device development to meet product requirements and goals, MNX internal capabilities now allow production services for low- to medium-volume applications. For high-volume production work, the MNX has contractual relationships with many of the best commercial foundries to allow customer projects to transition into high-volume production.

Internano: Resources for nanomanufacturing 

Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE): CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex is a fully-integrated research, development, prototyping, and educational facility that provides strategic support through outreach, technology acceleration, business incubation, pilot prototyping, and test-based integration support for onsite corporate partners.

Georgetown Nanoscience and Microtechnology Laboratory (GNuLab): GNuLab is a shared-use facility open to both researchers within Georgetown University and to external researchers. This 3,300 square foot clean room includes state-of-the-art instrumentation for fabrication and characterization of materials and electronic devices. 

Cypress Foundry Solutions: Cypress Foundry Solutions provides both custom and standard foundry services out of its wafer fabrication facility in Bloomington, Minnesota. Customers get access to Cypress Semiconductor’s vast design and technology IP portfolio to enable a fast time to market. 

[1] A number of organizations have produced resources that may be relevant to the sensors development community. Links to these external resources are provided for informational purposes only, and the NNCO does not make any representation as to the accuracy of information, endorse any views expressed, or endorse or approve any commercial products or private interests that may be advertised or available on these sites.