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New Physics and Nanotechnology Research Building Rising at UMinn

Posted by Katheryn Rein on Wed, Aug 08, 2012

Physics and nanotechnology research at the University of Minnesota has outgrown its 80-year old facility and prompted the construction of the 144,000 sf state-of-the-art building that is now rising on campus. (See the live webcam footage.) The previous home to the Physics Department, the Tate Laboratory, can no longer support the advanced research carried out by more than 150 faculty and graduate students there, nor is it adequate for a field (nanotechnology) that has only relatively recently come into being. The new $83M lab research facility will allow the physics and nanotechnology departments to move forward in this century as well as join forces in collaborative research projects. 

The Center for Nanostructure Applications (CNA, as the new building is called) was originally proposed back in 2010, and construction began in fall 2011 after the state's legislature, headed by Governor Mark Dayton, approved $51.3 million in bonding funds for the construction. The remaining $30 million or so will be paid by the University and generous private donations.


The finished building, estimated to be ready for researchers by December 2013, will be home to 125 new offices and 40 high-tech laboratories. The CNA will be accommodate over 200 faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and visiting researchers from both the Department of Physics and Department of Nanotechnology. Included in the building will be specially designed meeting and discussion rooms for productive interaction. The new building will have 43,000 square feet dedicated to physics research and more than 15,000 square feet dedicated to nanotechnology research (which will include a 5,000 square foot clean room designed for class-100 chip fabrication and class-1000 bio-nano work). This new facility will help keep the University of Minnesota at the forefront of interdisciplinary laboratory research in physics, nano, and other science fields that have use for "nanostructure applications," which increasingly includes the biosciences.

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