Services and Collaborations
SNNI Faculty has independently employed the principles of green chemistry in their research for many years. By 1997, UO Chemistry faculty developed innovative course content incorporating the principles and practice of green chemistry into undergraduate lecture and laboratory classes. Many of these UO researchers, along with researchers from OSU, PSU, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), formed unique collaborations. Working together, they ensure that the emerging field of nanotechnology develops responsibly, providing new technologies that are inherently safer (greener) by design, in order to protect health, the environment, and the workforce. In 2005, SNNI received funding through a partnership between the Air Force Research Laboratory and ONAMI. Today, SNNI is ONAMI’s largest research thrust and leads the global green nanotechnology effort bringing in over $50M in individual and collaborative research grants through its seed funding.
We offer several avenues for:
- Collaborations and
- Affiliated Services for industry, government laboratories, and academia
- Nanomaterials Interactions Knowledgebase (NBI)
- Research to Innovation Enterprises
- Research Centers of excellence
A full-service, comprehensive materials characterization center located at the University of Oregon in Eugene is open to outside clients. Its core capabilities include capital-intensive equipment for microanalysis, surface analysis, electron microscopy, semiconductor device fabrication, as well as traditional chemical characterization. Remote access allows clients to interface directly with the experts and the instrument in real-time. The staff members who run the facilities are expertly trained and highly experienced in sample preparation, data collection, and data analysis. In addition, they periodically offer workshops to provide hands-on training for users of the facility.
The Center for Electron Microscopy and Nanofabrication (CEMN) at PSU is a major research resource for the Northwest that features a state-of-the-art FEI Tecnai transmission electron microscope, an FEI Sirion scanning electron microscope, a JEOL 100CX TEM, an FEI-focused ion beam microscope, and a dual-beam FEI microscope for sample patterning and extraction. Full sample preparation facilities are available.
Facilities also available for nanofabrication include carbon nanotube and semiconductor nanowire deposition reactors, plasma etching , and lithography tools. A semiconductor analyzer and probe station are available for testing specimen electrical properties.
The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, a joint venture between OSU College of Engineering and PNNL, helps both small and large businesses develop and commercialize ONAMI-related technologies into new products. MBI's state-of-the-art Nano-Micro fabrication facility brings together research teams with business representatives within the ONAMI community to solve real-world problems by researching and applying microchannel device manufacturing techniques.
A knowledgebase of Nanomaterial-Biological Interactions has been established at Oregon State University to provide information on the environmental, health, and safety aspects of nanomaterials. NBI serves as an open-source repository for data on nanomaterial characterization, synthesis methods, and biological responses.
A full-service state-of-the-art aquatic biomedical research facility located just off the OSU campus, Core capabilities include a specific pathogen free zebrafish facility equipped to produce thousands of quality fertilized eggs per day, histopathology, advanced microscopy, high content imaging, and automated behavioral assessment instrumentation.
SNNI’s Greener Nano conference series focuses on cutting edge research in greener nanomaterials design and production, and brings together academics, industrialists, and policymakers to discuss approaches to developing economically viable, environmentally benign, methods to advance nanotechnology.
ONAMI's premier nanoscience and microtechnologies research and business event in the Pacific Northwest brings together leaders to focus on development of micro- and nanotechnology for new products. Attendees share ideas and findings, build collaborative networks, participate in working groups, exhibit commercial technologies and services, and help set agendas for developing new microproducts.
Intertox is actively engaged in managing Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) risks from nanomaterials on a number of levels. Their projects and partnerships in nano-EHS have involved first tier nanomaterial laboratories, small and large industries, and the U.S. government. They have assisted with the development of science-based guidelines and standards for nanomaterials through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Technical Advisory Group (TAG) 229 to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). They have developed several application-specific multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) tools for government and private users. Intertox is working with SNNI to develop metrics for nanomaterials commonality and expanding the scientific content of the NBI data repository.
Created in 2008 with funding from the National Science Foundation and the US Environmental Protection Agency, the CEINT performs fundamental research on the behavior of nano-scale materials in laboratory and complex ecosystems.
Dune Sciences, Inc., is a provider of innovative tools and techniques for molecular scale engineering. Our patented and patent-pending technologies are enhancing materials and devices in medicine, bionanotechnology, alternative energy, and nanoscience.
Floragenex and the University of Oregon are partnering to revolutionize a gene sequencing process with the development of an automated system for preparing DNA samples for analysis by next-generation DNA sequencing systems. Utilizing microreactor technology in partnership with the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute at Oregon State University, the team is working to develop sample preparation methods which provide higher throughput, lower cost, and greater repeatability than existing methods of DNA sample preparation.
Inpria and Oregon State University are demonstrating application of a new technology that provides highly efficient deposition and patterning of functional materials for device applications at all length scales. The most promising application of the platform is to enable printed electronics via inorganic materials, which are expected to have much higher performance at far lower cost than organic approaches. The Inpria / OSU team is working with a leading thin-film display partner to assess the feasibility of applying their unique technology through fabrication of a liquid-crystal display, thin-film transistor backplane test vehicle.
Microflow CVO is dedicated to providing high performance micromixers and microfluidic components that improve reaction control, reduce waste, and lower capital costs. Our growing suite of standard micromixer designs will meet the needs of many research and industrial customers. In addition, we build customized products to meet your unique needs, i.e., mixers to match your process.
The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) is a Phase II Center for Chemical Innovation funded by NSF. Our mission is to conduct curiosity-driven and use-inspired research to enhance the sustainable chemistry toolbox with new methods and new techniques that will advance the scientific enterprise and transform the next generation of products, while preparing student to become the next generation of green chemists.
The Center for Inverse Design, a collaboration among NREL, Northwestern University, Oregon State University, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is one of the DOE's 46 newly established Energy Frontier Research Center, a $777 million initiative to create breakthrough technology for a 21st-century energy economy. The Center's innovative concept focuses on theory and computation along with other experimental methods to more rapidly identify the advanced materials that can make solar power less costly and more efficient.