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Welcome to the Institute for Nano
Science, Engineering, and Technology (InSET)

The nanoscience institute comprises facilities to synthesize and characterize nanomaterials. Key elements are a pulsed-laser deposition system, a magnetic atomic force microscope, an x-ray emission spectrometer for a scanning transmission electron microscope, an x-ray microdiffraction system, high sensitiviy thermogravimetric system, an electron lithography system, and shared (NIU/ANL) focused ion beam lithography. A great need for understanding behavior at the nanoscale is a theoretical base and an extensive effort has been established in this area. The laboratory not only serves to perform state-of-the-art research, but also enables NIU to educate undergraduate and graduate students for a future workforce in nanoscience and technology.