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CNSI Technology Centers

Changing our view of the atomic and molecular worlds

Electron Imaging Center for NanoMachines

A leader in high-resolution CryoEM imaging

Molecular Screening Shared Resource

State-of-the-art High Throughput Screening

Integrated Systems Nanofabrication Cleanroom

Fabricating the most demanding nanoscale structures and devices

Advanced Light Microscopy & Spectroscopy Laboratory

Optical microscopy at the limits of resolution

Nano & Pico Characterization Lab

An unprecedented collection of surface analysis instrumentation

Integrated NanoMaterials Laboratory

Semiconductor nanomaterials synthesis & characterization
The CNSI is open for researchers in accordance with guidelines for ramping up UCLA research.
Special notice: For important updates about COVID-19 and its impact on CNSI facilities, please visit our COVID-19 guidance page.

Technology Center COVID-19 Update:

General building guidelines:

Updated – June 2021

Operating hours

  • The CNSI building is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days per week for approved activities.
  • Check with individual areas (Tech Centers, Magnify, etc.) for specific operating hours.

Building Entry

  • A daily self-monitoring health survey is required to enter campus and the CNSI building. This requirement includes faculty, staff, researchers, students, UCLA-affiliated visitors and non-affiliated visitors (such as vendors, repair personnel, etc.) as described here. The section entitled “Symptom Monitoring Survey” provides guidance for individual situations.
  • Face coverings are required on campus. Visitors to CNSI should be bring their own masks.
  • Research areas, Technology Centers and Magnify will provide their own research-specific PPE.
  • Verification of self- monitoring through campus web portal may be requested.
  • Individuals unable to verify symptom monitoring (by producing a response email from the web portal) or appears to be symptomatic, will be asked to leave the building.
  • Failure to follow all campus and CNSI policies may result in denial of access to the building.

For questions related to the CNSI Technology Centers, contact techcenters@cnsi.ucla.edu.
For important updates about COVID-19 and its impact on CNSI facilities, please visit our COVID-19 guidance page.

The CNSI Technology Centers provide unrestricted access to fully integrated R&D infrastructure, professional support and collaborative research opportunities in the fabrication, characterization and screening of nanomaterials, systems, and devices. Directed by a group of leading scientists, the Centers develop technologies that promote discovery through direct grant support, user proposals and industrial partnerships. Access to these facilities is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for students, postdocs, staff, faculty and industrial scientists, and is managed through the CNSI Laboratory Management System (CLMS).

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The Technology Centers also offer educational opportunities for the general public as well as non-expert academic and industrial communities in the form of tutorials, symposia and hands-on workshops.

Technology Center News and Events

November 4, 2021 | Advanced 3D cell imager added to CNSI’s light microscopy resources

November 4, 2021 | Advanced 3D cell imager added to CNSI’s light microscopy resources

The Leica THUNDER Imager. The instrument removes out-of-focus light in real time, offering the best quality widefield images possible for studying live cells, cell cultures, tissue samples, stem cells, spheroids, organoids and more. The THUNDER Imager is available for use at the Advanced Light Microscopy and Spectroscopy Lab, an open-access Technology Center in the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA.

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April 15, 2020 | Researchers reveal the mechanisms behind a natural bacteria killer

April 15, 2020 | Researchers reveal the mechanisms behind a natural bacteria killer

Scientists are one step closer to adapting the bacteria-killing power of a naturally occurring nanomachine, a tiny particle that performs a mechanical action.April 15, 2020 | Researchers reveal the mechanisms behind a natural bacteria killer Findings by UCLA-led team...

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