Research in the Center for Nanoscale Chemical-Electrical-Mechanical Manufacturing Systems (Nano-CEMMS) addresses a central problem in the development of nanotechnology: how to assemble structures at sizes smaller than can be seen (or transduced) and manipulated (or transcribed). Making three-dimensional, nanoscale devices and systems from millions to trillions of different types of molecules is incredibly difficult. The Center's goal is to develop a reliable, robust and cost-effective nanomanufacturing system to make nanostructures from multiple materials. This technology will allow advancements and discoveries in nanoscience to move from the laboratory to production.

The Nano-CEMMS Center is a partnership of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technological State University, University of California - Irvine, University of Notre Dame, and Northwestern University. Each partner offers unique facilities, eminent scholars and financial resources to support the Center's research.

One of the Center's core missions is to develop a diverse U.S. workforce of educators, scientists, engineers, and practitioners to advance nanomanufacturing technology in the U.S. and beyond. Nano-CEMMS provides a wide range of human resource development activities targeted toward increasing both the diversity of students involved with the Center and educational opportunities at the K-12 and undergraduate levels, as well as providing graduate students with teaching experience in an emerging field. In addition, both undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to participate in the Center's work through research assistantships and independent study projects.