Nano-Engineering Research Core Facility (NERCF) – College of Engineering – University of Nebraska Lincoln

The goal of NERCF is to provide a centralized, shared-user core facility that houses the state-of-the-science research instrumentation necessary to position UNL researchers at the forefront of global research efforts focused on advanced manufacturing of materials, nanostructures and nanodevices.


NERCF enhances research capacity and quality by providing in-house nanofabrication and nanocharacterization facilities open to use by faculty across the University of Nebraska system. It is the intent of this facility to become a regional hub for nano-engineering. The equipment and operations are funded in part by the Nebraska Research Initiative and the UNL Office of Research and Economic Development. The mission of NERCF is to advance materials manufacturing efforts within the university and the state of Nebraska.

The specific aims of the NERCF are to: perform and publish world-class research; educate students in the relevant scientific and engineering disciplines; promote interdisciplinary group and single-investigator grants to improve the university’s national research competitiveness; and to contribute to the economic development of Nebraska through industrial collaborations. The operation shall be conducted in compliance with University of Nebraska regulations, applicable federal, state, local regulations, and University health and safety requirements and standards. User fees are charged to all users to offset the costs incurred in providing scientific equipment and technical expertise.

Services Provided

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Student Research Projects

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • High Tech Development
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Manufacturing Development

Product Development

  • Product Design and Development
  • Prototype Development
  • R & D Support

Technical Assistance

  • Industrial Technology Research
Primary Contact
Nanoscience Research Center
855 North 16th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588