NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology

NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) is a national user facility purposely designed to accelerate innovation in nanotechnology-based commerce.  Under the auspices of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), CNST’s mission is to operate a national, shared resource for nanoscale fabrication and measurement and develop innovative nanoscale measurement and fabrication capabilities to support researchers from industry, academia, NIST and other government agencies in advancing nanoscale technology from discovery to production.  The Center, located in the Advanced Measurement Laboratory Complex on NIST’s Gaithersburg, MD campus, disseminates new nanoscale measurement methods by incorporating them into facility operations, collaborating and partnering with others, and providing international leadership in nanotechnology.  The CNST is the only national nanocenter with a focus on commerce. The CNST’s shared-use NanoFab gives researchers economical access to and training on a state-of-the-art tool set required for cutting-edge nanotechnology development.


Lloyd J. Whitman, Deputy Director
Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Nanotechnology Commercialization in Pennsylvania

“Across the world, the competition to find the next great scientific advancement continues to grow… as  a competitor in the global marketplace, it is Pennsylvania’s responsibility to give our universities, companies and partners the best opportunties to be on the forefront of these advancements.”

–The Honorable Edward G. Rendell
Governor of Pennsylvania

The NTI is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and is funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority.