Nanotechnology integrates the science and engineering disciplines to answer fundamental scientific questions and address important technological problems.

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Limited Only by Your Imagination

The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) is much more than an academic unit. Our dynamic institution lives at the intersection of research and execution, the catalyst for breakthrough innovations that create high-impact academic, industry and government research outcomes. We offer rigorous academic programs, as well as cutting-edge facilities and equipment that can help you achieve your own breakthroughs.

Nanoscience or Nanoengineering: Which is right for me?

Wondering which branch is right for you? Learn about the differences between Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, potential careers, and the experience at JSNN. Compare Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Our Research Focus Areas

JSNN has six research focus areas —nanobioscience, nanometrology, nanomaterials (with special emphasis on nanocomposite materials), nanobioelectronics, nanoenergy, and computational nanotechnology.

Our mission is to forge partnerships with scientists and researchers from industry, academia and government, working together to create impactful scientific research that drives change. Whether you’re looking to further your education or create a dynamic research collaboration, JSNN is here to partner with you. Come and explore the possibilities with us.

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Qorvo is Visiting JSNN

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DARPAConnect Regional Popup: North Carolina

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Applied Research Institute (ARI), Tougaloo College Research and Development Foundation (TCRDF), and the North Carolina Defense Technology Transition office (DEFTECH), a component of the NC Military Business Center, are excited to invite you to the DARPAConnect North Carolina Regional Pop-up event at the The Joint School of […]

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Congratulations to Drs. Jeff Alston and Dennis LaJeunesse

Congratulations to Professors Jeff Alston (Dept. of Nanoengineering) and Dennis LaJeunesse (Dept. of Nanoscience) on receiving a UNC System Undergraduate Research Program Award (URPA) for a project entitled “DIVERSIFY-NANO: Driving Inclusivity and Versatility in Education and Research through Synergistic Fusion of Innovative Nanotechnology, AI-Enhanced Research Design, and Communication for Undergraduates.” Research with undergraduate students is aligned with the UNC System’s […]

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