NDnano History

More than 25 years ago, a handful of visionary professors from Notre Dame’s College of Engineering and College of Science started the research initiatives that have blossomed into the highly collaborative and internationally renowned Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano). Notre Dame’s “nano” research facilities started in a 600-square-foot converted classroom space. Today, the University’s capabilities have grown to include a 9,000-square-foot cleanroom with state-of-the-art tools and equipment, as well as faculty labs that offer a breadth of capabilities that are unmatched in a university setting and readily accessible to undergrads and graduate students. Currently, more than 50 faculty members from engineering and science are affiliated with the Center.


1989 – First laboratory designated as the Notre Dame Nanofabrication Facility (NDNF) founded; Gary Bernstein named director.

1999 – Notre Dame’s Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) established

2001 – Wolfgang Porod named NDnano director

2003 – Engineering researchers receive $5-million Department of Defense grant for development of nanoscale biosensors [ND news brief]

2006 – Wolfgang Porod and Craig Lent lead team in demonstration of logic in a magnetic system [ND news story]

2007 – Notre Dame announces construction of Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering, including state-of-the-art cleanroom [ND news story]

2008 – NDnano receives Strategic Research Initiative award from Notre Dame’s Office of Research to support advancement of nanotechnology research [news story]

2008 – Notre Dame named to lead Semiconductor Research Corporation’s (SRC) Midwest Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery (MIND) [ND news story] [related ND news story]

2009 – Fellowship program launched for summer undergrad researchers [current fellowship news]

2010 – Notre Dame awarded $10 million in DARPA funding for magnetic logic [ND news story]

2010 – $69-million Stinson-Remick Hall opens; houses expanded ND Nanofabrication Facility [ND news story] [related SB Tribune article]

2010/2011 – Millions in equipment purchased for NDNF, including Vistec electron-beam lithography system [ND news story]

2011 – NDnano expands expertise to encompass ethical, legal, and societal impacts of nanotechnology; Nano Impacts Intellectual Community launched

2011 – Engineering and Science researchers awarded SRC/NSF grants to develop radically new computers [ND news story]

2011 – MIND contract extended [ND news story]
2013 – Notre Dame selected to lead one of six new university microelectronics research centers funded by SRC and DARPA [ND news story]

2013 – LEAST Center builds on MIND successes [LEAST news] 

2013 – University announces support of Advanced Circuits Initiative as part of “Advancing Our Vision” program [ND news story]