About CMEM


The primary mission of the UNM Center for Micro-Engineered Materials (CMEM) is to serve as the focal point for collaborative, interdisciplinary nanomaterials research and education on the UNM campus, to develop new, interdisciplinary technologies to make the United States more competitive in engineering nanoscience, and to transfer these technologies to industry to foster the development of competitive, reproducible nanomaterials for advanced, high performance systems.


Nanoscience enables advances in many fields such as porous materials, catalysts, sensors and most recently, drug delivery for treatment of cancer. The Center owns or has access to state-of-the-art facilities to synthesize and characterize a broad range of materials. These materials characterization facilities play a central role in helping UNM's mission of achieving excellence in research and education. The research performed by the UNM CMEM faculty is highly leveraged because of close collaboration with research scientists from Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Sandia Center for Integrated Nanotechnology (CINT). The research conducted within CMEM continues to attract national and international attention.

The Center for Micro-Engineered Materials has been a site for the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Program from 1994-2013. Since 2003, we have been a part of the DOD ASSURE program (Awards To Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Experiences). It also provided leadership for the development of a Ph.D. degree granting Nanomaterials and Microsystems graduate program.

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