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Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory

ANML at Boise State University

The ANML is devoted to developing material and manufacturing solutions for emerging engineering problems which have no regard for political, socioeconomic, or cultural boundaries.

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) strives to establish a diverse and inclusive environment to foster creativity in solving the toughest engineering challenges. 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 co-design of materials, devices, and systems with applications at the nexus of healthcare, energy, and water. We use multi-scale computational modeling and machine learning techniques 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 the first university laboratory in the State of Idaho to synthesize truly 2-dimensional (2D) materials, and we now regularly synthesize a variety of 2D materials for a variety of applications in Energy, Water, and Healthcare. We are continuously seeking opportunities to partner with small businesses in order to accelerate the translation of research to market.

Industry and National Laboratory Partners

  • American Semiconductor
  • IrisLight Technologies
  • Omega Optics
  • Applied Nanotech
  • Fiberguide / Molex
  • PakSense/Emerson
  • Boeing
  • INFlex Labs
  • Northrop Grumman
  • DakTronics
  • Honda Research Institute
  • Fujifilm/Dimatix
  • Morgan Advanced Materials
  • EMD Performance Materials
  • Applied Materials
  • Micron Technology
  • AIXTRON
  • NASA Ames Research Center
  • NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
  • NASA Goddard
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Air Force Research Laboratory – WPAFB
  • US Army DevCOM

Research Sponsors