Services and Collaborations

SNNI Faculty has independently employed the principles of green chemistry in their research for many years. By 1997, UO Chemistry faculty developed innovative course content incorporating the principles and practice of green chemistry into undergraduate lecture and laboratory classes. Many of these UO researchers, along with researchers from OSU, PSU, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), formed unique collaborations. Working together, they ensure that the emerging field of nanotechnology develops responsibly, providing new technologies that are inherently safer (greener) by design, in order to protect health, the environment, and the workforce. From 2005-2013, SNNI received funding through a partnership between the Air Force Research Laboratory and ONAMI. Today, SNNI leads the global green nanotechnology effort bringing in over $50M in individual and collaborative research grants through its seed funding. We offer several avenues for collaborations, affiliated services (for industry, government labs, academia), nanomaterials interactions knowledgebase, research to innovation enterprises and research centers.

Affiliated Services

Center For Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon (CAMCOR)

A full-service, comprehensive materials characterization center located at the University of Oregon in Eugene is open to outside clients. Its core capabilities include capital-intensive equipment for microanalysis, surface analysis, electron microscopy, semiconductor device fabrication, as well as traditional chemical characterization. Remote access allows clients to interface directly with the experts and the instrument in real-time. The staff members who run the facilities are expertly trained and highly experienced in sample preparation, data collection, and data analysis. In addition, they periodically offer workshops to provide hands-on training for users of the facility.

Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute (ATAMI)

Building 11 on Hewlett Packard's Corvallis campus is OSU's Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute. ATAMI's 80,000 ft2 advanced materials and advanced manufacturing and processes facility is a dynamic and highly collaborative environment currently* home to:

Nanomaterial-Biological Interactions Knowledgebase (NBI)

A knowledgebase of Nanomaterial-Biological Interactions has been established at Oregon State University to provide information on the environmental, health, and safety aspects of nanomaterials. NBI serves as an open-source repository for data on nanomaterial characterization, synthesis methods, and biological responses.

Sinnhuber Aquatic Research Facility (SARL)

A full-service state-of-the-art aquatic biomedical research facility located just off the OSU campus, Core capabilities include a specific pathogen free zebrafish facility equipped to produce thousands of quality fertilized eggs per day, histopathology, advanced microscopy, high content imaging, and automated behavioral assessment instrumentation.

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Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT)

Created in 2008 with funding from the National Science Foundation and the US Environmental Protection Agency, the CEINT performs fundamental research on the behavior of nano-scale materials in laboratory and complex ecosystems.

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Research to Innovation Enterprises

Dune Sciences

Dune Sciences, Inc., is a provider of innovative tools and techniques for molecular scale engineering. Our patented and patent-pending technologies are enhancing materials and devices in medicine, bionanotechnology, alternative energy, and nanoscience.


Floragenex and the University of Oregon are partnering to revolutionize a gene sequencing process with the development of an automated system for preparing DNA samples for analysis by next-generation DNA sequencing systems. Utilizing microreactor technology in partnership with the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute at Oregon State University, the team is working to develop sample preparation methods which provide higher throughput, lower cost, and greater repeatability than existing methods of DNA sample preparation.

Inpria Corporation

Inpria and Oregon State University are demonstrating application of a new technology that provides highly efficient deposition and patterning of functional materials for device applications at all length scales. The most promising application of the platform is to enable printed electronics via inorganic materials, which are expected to have much higher performance at far lower cost than organic approaches.  The Inpria / OSU team is working with a leading thin-film display partner to assess the feasibility of applying their unique technology through fabrication of a liquid-crystal display, thin-film transistor backplane test vehicle.

Microflow CVO

Microflow CVO is dedicated to providing high performance micromixers and microfluidic components that improve reaction control, reduce waste, and lower capital costs. Our growing suite of standard micromixer designs will meet the needs of many research and industrial customers. In addition, we build customized products to meet your unique needs, i.e., mixers to match your process.

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Research Centers                         

Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry

The Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) is a Phase II Center for Chemical Innovation funded by NSF. Our mission is to conduct curiosity-driven and use-inspired research to enhance the sustainable chemistry toolbox with new methods and new techniques that will advance the scientific enterprise and transform the next generation of products, while preparing student to become the next generation of green chemists. 

Center for Inverse Design

The Center for Inverse Design, a collaboration among NREL, Northwestern University, Oregon State University, and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is one of the DOE's 46 newly established Energy Frontier Research Center, a $777 million initiative to create breakthrough technology for a 21st-century energy economy.  The Center's innovative concept focuses on theory and computation along with other experimental methods to more rapidly identify the advanced materials that can make solar power less costly and more efficient.


Because engineered nanomaterials (NMs) have transformative benefits to individuals and society, they are being incorporated into many products. However, tremendous uncertainty presently exists in our ability to predict or manage risks from nano-enabled products across their life cycles. This project involves an interdisciplinary team of chemists, toxicologists, scientists, engineers, and social scientists to evaluate the trade-offs between intended function of NMs in products and risks to humans and the environment across their life cycle from creation, through use and disposal.

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