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ANML Overview

It is a widely held belief that nanotechnology and innovations in manufacturing will enable our world to tackle many of the daunting and looming challenges we face, particularly those related to the increasing energy demands and rising healthcare costs of our country and our global society. Boise State University’s Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory (ANML) is devoted to developing material and manufacturing solutions for emerging engineering problems which have no regard for political, socioeconomic, or cultural boundaries. We believe research with such important humanitarian implications begins with an appreciation for the many different people and cultures around the world, and a deep understanding of the potential impacts of nanotechnology research on society and the environment. From a place of awareness and appreciation develops the possibility for the most beneficial global partnerships and collaborations.

Research Areas

The ANML uses “top-down” and “bottom-up” techniques to synthesize nanoscale building blocks for the design of materials, devices, and systems with applications in the healthcare, defense, and energy sectors. We collaborate with multi-scale computational modeling experts from around the globe to enable an Atoms-to-Devices approach in our investigations. We transform these materials into practical devices using compatible and low cost additive manufacturing technology. We are continuously seeking opportunities to partner with small businesses in order to accelerate the translation of research to market. Our current research areas are:

  • Nanoscale materials synthesis and characterization
  • Fundamental and multi-scale studies of transport in materials
  • Design of material properties through integration of nanoscale components
  • Applications of nanotechnology in energy conversion and storage
  • Design and development of scalable, high rate printers
  • Developing printed and flexible devices, circuits, and systems
  • Single-molecule analysis for cancer detection and drug-development
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Water purification and filtration
  • Sensors for extreme environments
  • Additive Manufacturing

Research Sponsors

  • Department of Energy
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • Air Force Research Laboratory – Wright Patterson AFB
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health – COBRE in Matrix Biology
  • NextFlex Consortium
  • Idaho Space Grant Consortium
  • Idaho INBRE
  • Idaho IGEM
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Micron Technology Foundation
  • Boise State Osher Institute

Industry Partners

  • American Semiconductor
  • MicroLink Devices
  • Omega Optics
  • Applied Nanotech
  • Fiberguide
  • PakSense/Emerson