A Selection of Laboratories working in surface science, catalysis and nanoscience

Albemarle Catalysts
Albemarle Catalysts supplies top performance catalysts, technologies and related services to the oil refining and petrochemical industry. Together with our partners, we have leading positions in FCC, hydroprocessing, and other specialized areas.

Boreskov Institute of Catalysis
Boreskov Institute of Catalysis was founded in 1958 in the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Initiator of the Institute and its director up to 1984 was Academician Georgii K. Boreskov. Kirill I. Zamaraev. In 1978 the Omsk Department of the Institute was founded to develop the catalysts and processes for oil processing and petrochemical industry. In 1969 the Institute was rewarded by an Order of the Red Banner. Since 1995 the Institute is directed by Academician Valentin N. Parmon. In 1992 the Institute of Catalysis was named after Academician G.K. Boreskov. In 1984-1995 the Institute was directed by Academician

Center for Atomic-scale Materials Physics
A center established in cooperation between The Danish National Research Foundation,
The Technical University of Denmark and University of Aarhus.

Center for Atomic-scale Material Design
The Lundbeck Foundation’Äôs Center for Atomic-scale Materials Design aims at developing electronic structure theory to understand the properties of materials and use the insight to design new functional nanostructures.

Center for Catalytic Science and Technology - University of Delaware
Recognizing the central role of catalysis in industrial practice, the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology was founded at the University of Delaware in 1978. The Center has pioneered multidisciplinary research in the scientific and engineering principles of catalysis. Over the last two decades, the Center has provided research opportunities in all aspects of catalysis to more than 300 students and postdoctoral fellows in the academic departments, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry & Biochemistry, which it spans.

Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC)
CEBC is a multi-university NSF Engineering Research Center, headquartered at The University of Kansas, with core partners at The University of Iowa, Washington University in St. Louis, and Prairie View A&M University.

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT)
A Department of Energy/Office of Science Nanoscale Science Research Center (NSRC) operating as a national user facility devoted to establishing the scientific principles that govern the design, performance, and integration of nanoscale materials.

Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice University
The Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice University is a university-funded organization devoted to nurture science and technology at the nanometer scale. It is equally devoted to the education of future scientist and engineers. Our mission is to provide a venue where researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering can come together to share ideas and discuss their views and prospects of nanoscience, nanoengineering, and nanotechnology. CNST provides administrative support to the faculty and to joint projects and programs, supports joint research initiatives, performs fund-raising, sponsors seminars and conferences, encourages entrepreneurism, encourages collaborations both internally and externally, connects to external organizations and supports educational initiatives from Kindergarten to lifelong learning .

Center for Nanoscience
The Center for NanoScience (CeNS), established in 1998, aims to stimulate and support interdisciplinary research in all areas of nanoscience, combining physics, chemistry, biochemistry and life sciences. CeNS is a working group based at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU)  in Munich, Germany. CeNS members and affiliates research both at the LMU and at other scientific institutions as well as in industrial laboratories. They cooperate in a horizontal network that lives from their voluntary commitment, supported by a small coordinating team.

Centre for Electronic Materials and Devices
The CEMD is a cross-disciplinary, cross-department centre, which is tasked with optimising value by exploiting the synergy between the diverse activities in the areas of electronic materials and devices at Imperial College.

Centres for Surface Science Research
Lists of labs performing surface science research, sorted by geographical area.

Clusters and Ultrafine Particles: A Swedish Materials Research Consortium
Welcome to the home page of the Swedish Materals Research Consortium on Clusters and Ultrafine Particles, otherwise known as the Cluster Consortium! It is a major point of reference for cluster and ultrafine particle research and development in Sweden, and is one of eight Swedish Materials Science Consortia . Our server is located at the Department of Physics at Uppsala University in Sweden, though the Consortium itself is spread over several universities and departments in the Stockholm-Uppsala area.

Dutch Institute for Catalysis Research (NIOK)
NIOK, which stands for ‘Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek in de Katalyse’ (Dutch Institute for Catalysis Research), is a virtual institute consisting of Dutch University Groups active in all areas of catalysis. It is a nationwide graduate school (‘Onderzoekschool’) which fosters the advancement of both higher education and research and stimulates collaboration between scientists of different disciplines and Universities. NIOK acts as the platform and sparring partner for national and international contacts on catalysis with academia, industry and government. It was established in 1991 by the major catalysis groups of seven Dutch Universities. Later, NIOK was recognized by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW) and it is supported by an industrial advisory board VIRAN which consists of members from Dutch and multinational industries involved in many aspects of catalytic processes.
Dynamics of Gas-Surface Interactions
The European Science Foundation (ESF) supported from 1991 to 1995 a research programme in the area of Dynamics of Gas-Surface Interactions. It was the intention of this programme to stimulate collaboration throughout Europe by funding a conference and a summer school in alternating years, small workshops, and individual exchange visits.
This website was launched during that period. It is continued as service to the European Gas-Surface Dynamics community.

Dow Corning Surface & Interface Solutions Center
The Surface & Interface Solutions Center (SISC) is a world-class resource through which you can discover and develop innovative technologies and applications for organosilane and silicon-based chemicals.

Energy Disipation at Surface SFB 616
The Sonderforschungsbereich 616 (SFB 616)* on the energy dissipation at surfaces began July 1, 2002, and is sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft** (DFG). The transformation of one kind of energy into another kind of energy accompanies all processes in our world, and frequently also propels them. Many of these transformations – like the chemical reactions of catalysts or in sensors, or the mechanical friction or dispersion of charge carriers in microprocessors – take place at the surfaces, or at the interfaces of solid materials. The SFB 616 targets the clarification of these elementary procedures through the energy dissipation at surfaces. The program of the SFB is broadly designed and comprises the whole spectrum of stimulation and relaxation from the eV regime (particle interaction, laser stimulation, reactions and surfaces) through phonons and friction losses in the meV regime, to the meV area (electromigration)

Fundamentally, we manipulate basic materials — typically minerals — to alter their structure and surface characteristics. We manipulate them mechanically and chemically, altering their size, shape, porosity and chemical characteristics to produce a wide range of functionality with important business uses.

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society. Its services are solicited by customers and contractual partners in industry, the service sector and public administration. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft maintains roughly 80 research units, including 57 Fraunhofer Institutes, at over 40 different locations throughout Germany. A staff of some 12,700, predominantly qualified scientists and engineers, works with an annual research budget of over one billion euros. Of this sum, more than € 900 million is generated through contract research.

What is now called the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Planck-Society was founded in 1911 as the Kaiser-Wilhelm Institute for Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry . In 1986 Gerhard Ertl succeeded Gerischer as director of the Department of Physical Chemistry and was appointed Scientific Fellow at the institute. His research interests focus on structure and chemical reactions at solid surfaces. A joint Computer Center (Gemeinsames Rechenzentrum, GRZ) for the Fritz-Haber Institute and the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics was opened in 1986. In July 1988 Matthias Scheffler was appointed Scientific Fellow of the institute and director of the newly opened Theory Department . The department specializes in surface theory as well as solid state research, quantum chemistry, and computational physics. In 1995 Robert Schloegl was appointed Scientific Fellow of the institute and a new Department of Inorganic Chemistry was established. This department concentrates on heterogeneous reactions on inorganic surfaces. Oxidation reactions of carbons and metals are studied as well as a range of heterogeneous catalytic processes involving partial oxidation and dehydrogenation steps. The goal of this experimental research is to bridge the gap between surface physics and surface chemistry. In 1995, Hans-Joachim Freund became director of the Department of Chemical Physics, its objectives being studies of adsorption and reaction on solids, in particular, on oxide surfaces. In 2002 Gerard Meijer was appointed as a new director at the institute, and he installed the new Department of Molecular Physics. Respective renovations and rebuilding started in autumn 2002, and the new department is expected to be operational in autumn 2003.

IMEC (Interuniversity MicroElectronics Center)
IMEC is Europe's leading independent research center in the field of microelectronics, nanotechnology, enabling design methods and technologies for ICT systems.

Institut für Halbleitertechnik
Im Hinblick auf die hohen Anforderungen zuküntiger Informationstechnologien, ist ein Schwerpunkt der Nanotechnologie Forschung am IHT die Entwicklung neuartiger Herstellungstechnologien für Bauelemente mit Strukturabmessungen deutlich unterhalb von 50 Nanometern (1 nm = 10-9 m). Von besonderem Interesse sind hierbei auf industriellem Maßstab anwendbare Herstellungsverfahren für Nanostrukturen.

Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry (Kraków)
Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry is the only independent scientific institution in Poland and one of only eight in the world devoted entirely to the research in catalysis and chemistry of interfaces. The activities of the Institute cover the interdisciplinary field of the physical chemistry of phenomena occurring at solid/gas, liquid/gas and solid/liquid interfaces with an emphasis put on their significance and mechanism in catalysis, flotation, adsorption and detergency. The Institute integrates fundamental theoretical and experimental studies and combines them with applied research whose results can be directly used to improve technological processes.
The Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (ICP) of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC)

International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON)
ICON’s mission is to assess, communicate, and reduce nanotechnology environmental and health risks while maximizing its societal benefit. We do this through:

  • Science and engineering research into the environmental and health impacts of engineered nanostructures
  • Social science research into public acceptance of new technology, and the role that regulation and government policies can and should play
  • Collaborative policy activities that develop international standards for engineered nanostructure terminology, safety guidelines, and best laboratory practices
  • Public communication and outreach that tracks all relevant technical data on nanotechnology’s risks and presents this information in a format accessible to non-specialists

IRC in Surface Science
Welcome to the website of the Surface Science Research Centre at the University of Liverpool. This research centre is dedicated to studying the chemistry and physics occurring at the surfaces of materials.

Johnson Matthey
Catalysts Division operates globally under the market identity of Johnson Matthey Catalysts and consists of 3 separate business units. Johnson Matthey's Environmental Catalysts and Technologies (ECT) business, which manufactures catalysts for automobile emission control and the reduction of emissions from industrial processes, the Fuel Cell business which manufactures fuel cell catalysts and catalysed components and the Process Catalysts and Technologies (PCT) business comprising PGM refining, process catalysts and fine and research chemicals.

Keweenaw Nanoscience Center
Keweenaw Nanoscience Center, founded in 1999, specializes in research & development of nanotechnology, bionanotechnology and quantum optics for applications in life sciences, electronics and optics industry. Our goal is to apply nanotechnology to solve real world problems that deal with energy, environmental and health issues.

Laboratory for Surface Modification
The Laboratory for Surface Modification (LSM) at Rutgers is a truly multidisciplinary endeavor, which provides a focus for research in basic and applied studies of high technology surfaces and interfaces. LSM brings together over 20 faculty in different departments (Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering). The mission of the Laboratory for Surface Modification is to provide a focus for research in basic and applied studies of high technology surfaces and interfaces.

Nanolinks (Alivisatos Group)
Links are to research group homepages when available, otherwise they are to departmental faculty profiles

Nanometer Structure Consortium
Lund University has for more than ten years been hosting a national Swedish Consortium program on Nanometer structures. This concentrated effort on
Materials Science on the nanometer scale has nucleated related research programs on basic physics, nanoelectronics and bio-sciences, all of which are
based on nanotechnology. This entire research on nanometer scale science and technology at Lund university, we label "The Nanometer Consortium".

Nanoscale Science Department @ IBM
Welcome to the website of the Nanoscale science and technology group at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York. Our group uses scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) as structural probes, and, along with electron beam lithography, as tools for the modification of materials at the atomic and nanometer scales and the fabrication and study of nano-electronic devices. Currently, we are investigating carbon nanotubes, nanolithography and silicon nanoelectronics

Nanoscale Science & Engineering Centers (NSEC)
NSEC research involves two major areas of emphasis: "Nanoparticle Gels and Polymer Nanocomposites" and "Nanostructured Biomolecule Composite Architectures." Each thrust group is supported by multiscale theory and modeling, as well as extensive characterization efforts. The Center also includes an insightful research component, "Socioeconomic Implications of Nanotechnology," which involves considering strategies for managing radical innovations in this exciting new program of study.

NSEC: Nanoscience in Biological and Environmental Engineering
The Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) at Rice University. Aiming to transform nanoscience into a field with the impact of a modern-day polymer science, CBEN focuses on research at the interface between "dry" nanomaterials and aqueous media such as biology and the environment, developing the nanoscience workforce of the future, and transferring discoveries to industry.

NSEC Electronic Transport in Molecular Nanostructures
The Columbia University Nanocenter's goal is to establish new paradigms for information processing using the characteristics of electron transport unique to nanoscale molecular structures. Founded in 2001, the Nanocenter draws upon years of experience in chemical synthesis to design molecular structures with carefully crafted properties. This work has the potential to impact major disciplines in addition to electronics including photonics, biology, neuroscience and medicine.

NSEC: Science of Nanoscale Systems and their Device Applications
This Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) is a collaboration among Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Museum of Science, Boston with participation by Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), the University of Basel (Switzerland), the University of Tokyo (Japan), and Brookhaven, Oak Ridge and Sandia National Laboratories. The NSEC combines “top down” and “bottom up” approaches to construct novel electronic and magnetic devices with nanoscale sizes and understand their behavior, including quantum phenomena.

NSEC: Nanoscale Systems in Information Technologies
To develop innovative electronic, photonic, and magnetic nanoscale systems that collectively have potential to revolutionize information technology including electronics, communications, information storage and sensors.

NSEC: Integrated Nanopatterning and Detection Technologies
The NU-NSEC brings together recognized leaders from Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, and Argonne National Laboratory, who, building on the nanopatterning tools and synthetic methods unique to this Center, are making advances in the development of advanced nanopatterning techniques and nanoscale sensors. Potential applications in disease and biological/chemical detection systems arena are expected to be profound. However, this research will also directly impact new technological directions outside of the existing purview of the Center including molecular electronics, catalysis, information storage, and therapeutics.

NSEC: Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical Mechanical Manufacturing Systems
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create a nanoscale science and engineering center with an emphasis on nanomanufacturing.

NSEC: Integrated and Scalable Nanomanufacturing
The new center will combine fundamental science and technology in nano-manufacturing that will transform laboratory science into industrial applications in nano-electronics and biomedicine.

NSEC: Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems
The center is a partnership between UC Berkeley, Caltech, Stanford and UC-Merced with collaborators in industry and the national laboratories. Research is focused on the science and engineering of nano-mechanical systems that are likely to have applications in chemical and biological sensing, and high-density, low-power, low-cost computation. The center’s education program involves the general public, high school and college students to attract them to diverse educational paths and career opportunities.

NSEC: Center for High Rate Nanomanufacturing
Northeastern University will partner with the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, the University of New Hampshire, and Michigan State University to develop novel high-rate/high-volume, precise nanomanufacturing techniques that are expected to impact the electronic, medical and automotive industries. Partnerships among industry, universities and K-12 teachers and students will be utilized to educate the current and emerging nanotechnology workforce. The center will assess the environmental impact of nanomanufacturing during process development. In addition, the center will evaluate economic viability in light of environmental and public health findings, and regulatory policy issues related to developmental technology.

NSEC: Center for Affordable Nanoengineering of Polymer Biomedical Devices
The center seeks to develop polymer-based, low-cost nanoengineering technology that can be used to produce nanodevices and structures for next-generation medical diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The education and outreach vision of the center is to impart multidisciplinary skills and global awareness to both graduate and undergraduate students, and create web-based science modules for K-12 students nationwide.

NSEC: Center on Molecular Function at the Nano/Bio Interface
The center’s research is aimed at the interface of nanotechnology and biology at the molecular level. Potential practical outcomes are in the areas of nanoscale device manufacturing, drug delivery and integrated chemical sensors as well as understanding basic complex biological and physiological processes. The center will impact public education, social discourse, workforce development and diversity, both locally and nationally, and will examine ethical issues in nanoscience and technology.

NSEC: Center for Probing the Nanoscale
This partnership between Stanford University, IBM, and other researchers in industry addresses the development of novel nanoprobes and application of these probes to answer fundamental questions in science and technology. The center expects to enhance the capabilities of the nanotechnology community to measure, image and control nanoscale phenomena. Specific connections to users and manufacturers of nanoprobe instrumentation will be utilized to rapidly transfer technological advances. The center is committed to educating the next generation of scientists and engineers regarding the theory, practice, and implications of novel nanoprobes.

NSEC: Center for Templated Synthesis and Assembly at the Nanoscale
The center addresses the self-assembly of complex materials and building blocks, including biological materials, at the nanoscale. Potential applications are in the areas of gene mapping, nanophotonics and nanosensors. The center also develops an integrated, multidisciplinary understanding of nanoscale science and engineering as it moves out of the laboratory and into society and will build a public dialog about its societal, ethical, legal, and policy implications. The shared experimental facilities leverage existing state-of-the-art instrumentation and infrastructure at the NSF sponsored Synchrotron Radiation Center and other centers on campus.

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Sandia National Labs

Nanoscience & Technology @ Sussex
Nanoscience and nanotechnology is thriving at Sussex. Find out about the next generation of engineered proteins & self assembling nanowires

Nanoscience @ Cambridge

Nano-Science Center at the University of Copenhagen
The Nano-Science Center at the University of Copenhagen constitutes an interdisciplinary research and educational effort with the long term goal of merging nano-scale biology, chemistry and physics into a new scientific discipline: Nanoscience.

Nanoscience Center at the University of Jyväskylä

Nanotechnology, Nanoscience & Nanoengineering @ PNNL
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy, is a recognized leader in nanomaterials and nanobiology. Together with our colleagues at other Battelle managed labs, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, we represent a diverse collaborative team in nanoscience, nanoengineering and nanotechnology. We are significant contributors to the nanorevolution of this Century.

National Enterprise for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology (NEST)
The NEST-INFM initiative targets the creation of a world-class research centre where interdisciplinary teams of computational, experimental, and theoretical physicists together with molecular biologists and chemists can investigate key issues of nanoscale physics and exploit the new acquired knowledge to develop innovative nanobiotechnological tools, and nanoelectronic and photonic devices and architectures. NEST is designed to compete with the centres of excellence being established in the most technologically advanced countries and to become a reference point and a resource for the INFM community. Cultural and scientific advancement are its main targets in an effort to contribute to the fulfillment of INFM mission. Its location in Pisa in close synergy with the Scuola Normale Superiore and the University guarantees continued support, excellent cultural basis and experimental facilities, easy accessibility from all INFM Research units and the continued availability of highly selected undergraduate and graduate students.

Nottingham University Nanoscience Group
The Nanoscience group's research reflects this multidisciplinarity and involves both intra- and inter-University collaborations with research groups in Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Porous Silicon - The International Meeting Place

Quasicrystal Research at the Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory.
In the physics and materials science communities,* "quasicrystal" refers to a class of binary and higher-order metallic alloys, most of which contain 60 to 70 atomic per cent aluminum (Al). These alloys are well-ordered structures which fall outside the realm of conventional crystallography. Their uniqueness stems from the fact that they exhibit rotational symmetries, most commonly five-fold symmetry, which are not consistent with periodic structures. They are a relatively new class of materials, first discovered in 1982 (by Shechtman--see reference below). Recent developments indicate that quasicrystals are promising candidates for applications as coatings, metal matrix components, hydrogen storage materials, thermal barriers, infrared sensors, and other functions. Some applications are already on the market--high-strength Al alloys, cookware, surgical tools, and electric shavers.

Research Centers & Groups (Nanohub)

Scanning Probe Methods Group (Professor Wiesendanger)
Our research activities are concentrated on nanometer-scale science and technology based on scanning probe methods (SPM). In particular, we investigate the fundamental relationship between nanostructure and nanophysical properties. We apply scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), atomic force microscopy(AFM), magnetic force microscopy (MFM) and other scanning probe methods (SXM) to various classes of materials, including metals, semiconductors, insulators, superconductors, magnetic materials, molecular thin films, and biological systems. Laterally nanostructured materials are obtained by using SPM-based nanofabrication processes, which may be based on strong mechanical, electronical or magnetic interaction between probe tip and sample, as well as by using self-organization phenomena. Future nano-scale devices and ultrahigh density data storage systems are being developed in close collaboration with industry.

Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences
The mission of the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (SIMS) is to provide leadership in collaboration with the Canadian and international scientific communities in the development of a knowledge base in molecular sciences and to ensure that it has positive impact on Canada by being pro-active in its dissemination to our partners.


Catalysts for automotive exhaust and fuel cell applications. They are also active in thin films for use in electronics, optics, displays and solar cells.

W.R. Grace Catalysts
Davison Catalysts is the world's leading producer of fluid cracking catalysts and additives used by oil refineries to produce gasoline and other petroleum-based products. Advanced Refining Technologies, the joint venture between Grace Davison and Chevron Products Company, is a market leader in hydroprocessing catalysts used to upgrade refining feedstocks and fuels. Davison's Polyolefin Catalysts are used in the manufacture of polypropylene and HDPE and LLDPE applications and are used in the production of one-third of the world's catalytically produced polyethylene today. Davison's Chemical Catalysts and carriers provide advanced materials for use in such diverse industries as automotive, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and fine chemicals.

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