Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility


INRF Facilitates Academic and industrial researchers from a variety of backgrounds to collaborate on various projects to develop micro and nano scale technology. Efforts include work in the following fields:

  • Microsystems science
  • Manufacturing technology
  • Device design and development
  • Characterization techniques
  • Materials science
  • Bio/Nanotechnology
  • BioMEMS

Applications from this research extend into fields of science and engineering, including biomedical, communications, chemical, biological, pharmaceutical, environmental, and health sciences. INRF supports research projects administered by the School of Engineering, Physical Sciences, School of Medicine, Biological Sciences, Cognitive Sciences and Psychiatry & Human Behavior.

Research Developments
Enabling technologies that have been developed in INRF.

Faculty at INRF
A diverse and outstanding faculty from varying backgrounds demonstrates the strong interdisciplinary nature of the research performed at INRF. View a list of UCI faculty currently performing research at INRF.

Affiliated Research Centers & Programs

  • Center for RF Design
    The Center for RF Design and Characterization is a multidisciplinary facility for high frequency research. The Center is administered by INRF and is within the Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Research conducted in the Center includes: MEMS for RF Applications, Smart Antenna for diversity and MIMO’s, single radio package, RF imaging for civil engineering application, time domain electromagnetic computation and ferroelectric material for microwave application. The Center is equipped with the state of the art instrumentation to perform microwave and antenna measurements with frequency range up to 50 GHz. The Center laboratory extends to over 2000 sq/ft, and is equipped with the latest computer hardware and software for the analysis and design of microwave circuits. The equipment within the Center is available for rental use.
    The Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM) will develop, design tools and manufacturing technologies for integrated microfluidics, targeting cost‐effective, quick, and easy diagnosis of the environment, agriculture, and human health. CADMIM is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) in the planning phase. Get in on the ground floor of this new world-class, cutting-edge NSF I/UCRC! Join our organization and reap the many benefits. Please explore this site, including the proposed projects for Year 1. CADMIM is expected to be on line sometime early 2014.
  • MF3
    The Micro/Nano Fluidics Fundamentals Focus Center is headquartered at the University of California, Irvine and performs fundamental micro/nano fluidic (MF) research to develop standardized MF integration processes and device technology. Major reserach thrusts include (1) chip-level integrated molecular analysis and (2) advanced manufacturing of MF devices. the MF3 Center brings together leading micro-and nano-fluidics researchers from universities nationwide from the disciplines of biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and chemistry. MF3 research is expected to apply to many areas including health care, electronics, and environmental and food monitoring. MF3 is funded by the center’s industrial members who provide real-world problems to guide and channel the MF research. MF3 is a spin-off of activities ongoing at the Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility, an interdisciplinary research laboratory at the UCI Henry Samueli School of Engineering.
  • Calit2
    The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology – known as Calit2 – is one of four UC Gray Davis Institutes for Science and Innovation. Calit2 divisions at UCI and UC San Diego leverage academic expertise with industry experience to conduct cutting-edge research in diverse fields. The goal is to develop innovative information technology-based products and services to benefit society and ignite economic development in the region and state. More than 200 UCI faculty and students are actively engaged in environmental, transportation, emergency management, health care, education and entertainment-based projects. Close ties with industry are an important component of Calit2’s unique research approach. These partnerships facilitate creative strategies to improve technology transfer, speeding downstream commercialization of research discoveries. More than 100 companies – large and small, public and privately held – have become Calit2 partners.
  • MURI
    The MURI Center at UC Irvine under the direction of Professor Peter Burke, EECS is a research program focused on developing the theoretical foundation of an optical/quasi‐optical based technology for label free DNA sequencing or RNA expressions. The research program aims at the development of the fundamental relationship between the current through a DNA molecule and the sequence of the nucleotides inside the molecule. The current optical and quasi‐optical techniques are not adequate for collecting detailed sequence information from DNA/RNA molecules. DNA sequencing and RNA expression in terms of optical or quasi‐optical techniques is a long‐term unsolved important scientific and engineering issue having widespread application both in medicine and biology and in homeland defense with huge political and economic impacts. To learn visit the MURI website.