Working With MiNIC

The R&D facilities of MiNIC are open to all qualified users. We welcome potential projects from industrial and academic researchers.


Why use MiNIC?

MiNIC is a resource for companies and researchers that want to pursue work in nanoscience and microtechnology, but do not have the required tools or expertise. MiNIC offers easy fee-for-service usage, removing the obstacles of capital equipment acquisition, maintenance costs, and long-term commitments.

Ways to work with us

There are a number of ways to work on an R&D project at MINIC

  • Do-it-yourself, where you can receive equipment training and carry out your R&D activities independently and on your own schedule.
  • Assisted project, in which our staff does the work in consultation with you. After your device is designed, staff will fabricate the prototype devices for testing in our "nanomachine shop." 
  • Sponsored research - if your project involves more basic research and could benefit by the involvement of University faculty, we can help assemble a project team that includes University faculty and staff.

For more information

For details on how to get started, contact the staff at the Minnesota Nano Center ( or 612 624-8005) and describe your project idea.

Cleanroom Workers

What Does it Cost?

The Nano Center charges for the use of its tools and facilities. To get an idea of what your project might cost, please check our Do-It-Yourself rates.

If you would like to have MINIC staff do your project, please contact Dr. Greg Cibuzar directly.

Protection of Intellectual Property

At the Nano Center, we take seriously the security of company IP. Our service agreement includes provisions to ensure that confidential information is treated appropriately, and explicitly states that clients’ IP stays with the client and is not granted to the University.