Graphic showing wide variation of modulus on a nanoscale level.

This nanomechanical modulus map of a bone was produced with an Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). Such data can help guide the design of new materials inspired by biological examples. (Courtesy of Prof. Christine Ortiz, from her course 3.052 Nanomechanics of Materials and Biomaterials.)

MIT has long been a leader in nanotechnology research and education. With over 25 courses published on the topic, OCW gives you an in-depth view into this exciting and fast-growing interdisciplinary field.

MIT has just announced a new state-of-the-art nanotechnology facility, slated to open in 2018:

The 200,000-square-foot building, called “MIT.nano,” will house state-of-the-art cleanroom, imaging, and prototyping facilities supporting research with nanoscale materials and processes — in fields including energy, health, life sciences, quantum sciences, electronics, and manufacturing. An estimated 2,000 MIT researchers may ultimately make use of the building, says electrical engineering professor Vladimir Bulović, faculty lead on the MIT.nano project and associate dean for innovation in the School of Engineering.

“MIT.nano will sit at the heart of our campus, and it will be central to fulfilling MIT’s mission in research, education, and impact,” says MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “The capabilities it provides and the interdisciplinary community it inspires will keep MIT at the forefront of discovery and innovation, and give us the power to solve urgent global challenges. By following the lead of faculty and student interest, MIT has a long tradition of placing bold bets on strategic future technologies, and we expect MIT.nano to pay off in the same way, for MIT and for the world.”

Read the full announcement of MIT.nano and see some examples of the latest MIT research.