Instrumentation for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation


IMNI's mission is to facilitate research, innovation and discovery by providing state-of-the-art instrumentation in core facilities dedicated to the characterization and processing of materials on the nanoscale.

Instrumentation for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI) was founded in 2007 and serves as an umbrella organization that supports research in materials, molecular, and nanoscale sciences and technologies. IMNI manages a state-of-the-art equipment infrastructure that consists of four core research facilities: Electron Microscopy Facility (EMF), Nanofabrication Central Facility (NCF), NanoTools Facility (NTF), and the Joint Engineering & Physics Instrument Shop (JEPIS).

The EMF, NCF, and NTF are primarily self-use facilities, where the technical staff will provide users with practical training, and users are then free to use the instrumentation independently. The technical staff in these facilities are also available to perform instrument operations for researchers. JEPIS operates entirely on a full-service model, where users can submit work orders to be completed by the JEPIS staff.

The IMNI core research facilities are run on a user fee basis, where the fees collected are used to partially offset operational expenses. These facilities are available to all Brown University departments as well as external researchers from academic institutions and commercial organizations. More information on current instrumentation, becoming a user, and rate schedules can be found within each facility page.