Big New Home For the Ultrasmall

The MIT.nano laboratory is one of the most energy efficient academic cleanrooms in the country. The interdisciplinary facility for nanoscale research is home to world-class laboratories, imaging suites and cleanrooms serving 2,000 researchers, faculty and students across the university. It also invites students and visitors to observe the space through design features such as transparent and translucent glass, open staircases and gallery space.

Located steps from the Infinite Corridor and the Great Dome, the facility combines the Institute’s nanotechnology, materials, and engineering systems under a single roof, allowing researchers to manipulate materials at the atomic scale and create innovative devices.

MIT.nano houses a cluster of world-class laboratories, including class 100 and 1,000 cleanrooms, imaging suites, nano-maker space, and chemistry teaching laboratories. The research space enables the work of dozens of academic groups from various disciplines.

More accessible than any comparable cleanroom facility in the world, the building’s design invites students and visitors to observe the research within, while simultaneously creating new connections and outdoor spaces. MIT.nano is currently tracking LEED Platinum.


Cambridge, MA

Building Type

Learning Spaces, Lab, Nanotechnology lab


216,000 SF

  • 2019 AIA CAE Education Facility Design Awards
  • 2019 R&D Magazine International Lab of the Year
  • 2019 ACEC Grand Award for Engineering Excellence
  • 2019 ACEC/MA Gold Award for Engineering Excellence

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