About Us

The Safer Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Initiative (SNNI) is the leading green nanotechnology effort in the world and ONAMI’s largest research collaboration. ONAMI, the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute is Oregon’s first Signature Research Center created for the purpose of growing research in the areas of nanoscale science and microtechnologies, and accelerating job growth from commercialization of that research.


SNNI is a collaboration involving faculty and researchers from academic, government and industrial labs who aim to ensure that the emerging field of nanotechnology develops responsibly, providing new techologies that are inherently safer (greener) by design, in order to protect health, the environment, and the workforce.


SNNI is the nation's leader in research, education and public policy (acting as a primary consultant to the U.S. Congress on leading nanotechnology legislation).  Our holistic approach is a cost effective, win-win strategy that benefits society, protects the environment and saves industry money.


SNNI's Director, Dr. James Hutchison outlined SNNI's strategies in developing proactive approaches to designing greener, safer nanomaterials in a recent  presentation at the 237th American Chemical Society Meeting. An audio and powerpoint presentation can be found at the following link to the Flash Slide presentation


Funding from SNNI has helped forge innovative collaborations, Research Centers and core facilities. For details on these opportunties, please visit our Services link.

Contact information:

Materials Science Institute
1252 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

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