man with gloves on using lab equipmentNanoscience and nanoengineering deal with structures that are invisible to the human eye, but their potential to improve our daily lives and make our world safer and more productive is enormous. The Joint School of Nanoscience and Engineering (JSNN) works every day to discover the incredible potential of nanoscience.

JSNN’s mission is to introduce students and the community to these exciting fields, helping to create opportunities for the scientists of the future in nanoscience and nanoengineering. JSNN works closely with the Piedmont Triad community to create and strengthen opportunities for economic and academic growth through its outreach and engagement activities.

Interested in arranging a visit from a JSNN professor to your classroom, or a tour of our labs? Contact Dr. Dan Herr at djherr@uncg.edu.


woman in lab giving a thumb's upThe Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, along with our collaborators and partners in higher education and industry, is addressing some of the most critical issues, problems and opportunities facing our society. Our success depends on a constant influx of bright young minds. Raising interest in and creating excitement about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is critical if the United States is to continue to be a world leader in science and technology.

JSNN is dedicated to supporting schools and encouraging young students to focus on areas aligned with STEM. We’re especially engaged in educating young people about the interesting and exciting career opportunities in STEM-related fields involving nanoscience and nanoengineering. For our region, state and nation to prosper, we must be at the forefront of the development of these new technologies. We’re committed to playing a lead role in the efforts to ignite passion for STEM in our youth.

JSNN works with Piedmont Triad schools on STEM initiatives and other outreach projects. Faculty and students of JSNN are available to make presentations to science and mathematics classes, to discuss the relevance of nanoscience and nanoengineering in our daily lives, to demystify nanoscience, and most importantly to engage, excite and inspire the Triad’s future scientists and leaders!

Our NanoBus visits 5 to 6 schools (middle and high) each semester, where our graduate students demonstrate and explain scientific experiments to the students.

JSNN’s facilities are open to school field trips and visits. Our state-of-the-art research facilities, laboratories and equipment are available for students to experience first-hand and engage their imagination. Nanoscience and nanoengineering are exciting, innovative, fast-growing fields, and we’re excited to share all the possibilities with the next generations of scientists, innovators and educators.

Interested in learning more?

Contact us:
Office: 336-285-2800
Fax: 336-500-0115

Community Colleges

The mission of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering is to train students to conduct basic and applied research in nanoscience and nanoengineering, and to work closely with the Piedmont Triad community to help enhance opportunities for economic development.

As part of its academic outreach and workforce training efforts, JSNN’s internship program recruits students from local community colleges, including Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), Forsyth Technical Community College (FTCC), and Alamance Community College (ACC). Students work with JSNN and Gateway University Research Park professionals on a variety of real-world nanotechnology problems.

JSNN’s internship program is offered in two formats—10 hours per week for 16 weeks, or 20 hours per week for 8 weeks—to accommodate class schedules. JSNN hosts groups of students from GTCC and FTCC during the Fall and Spring semesters and beyond as part of its commitment to creating jobs.

Nano Education Resources

SENIC Nanotechnology Outreach Demonstration Guide: A detailed guide to some nanotechnology demonstrations, developed by the NNCI site at Georgia Tech. These are not full-scale lessons, but rather 10-minute activities.

SENIC Nanotechnology Outreach Instruction Sheets: Additional material designed to accompany the lessons contained in the Demonstration Guide.

SENIC Size and Scale Poster: Poster designed to introduce students to nanoscience.

SENIC Nanotechnology Resource Guide for Educators 2016: Brochure filled with nanotechnology resources for educators.

Particle in a Box Game – Experience the Quantum World: Winner Students’ Choice Award at the Serious Games Competition 2015. View the Particle in a Box game flyer with more information.