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Biomolecular Nanotechnology Center (BNC) is an 11,500 sq ft class 1,000/10,000 cleanroom facility located in Stanley Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. The BNC is a unique fabrication and experimentation facility specializing in BioMEMS (Biomedical Micro-electromechanical systems) and Microfluidic devices. These exciting new technologies are poised to revolutionize medical diagnostics, analytical chemistry, proteomics, genomics, and cell biology.

The facility has a complete lithography microfabrication as well as soft lithography and glass or polymer bonding capabilities. The BNC features a full range of deposition, etching, metrology, and microscopy equipment as well as facilities for performing biological experiments. The center focuses on microfluidic processing of glass and polymer materials. Experimentation on proteins, nucleic acids, cells, and tissues are encouraged. In addition to a state-of-the-art research lab, the center also features a teaching lab for hands-on training of both undergraduate and graduate students.

The BNC is a core facility of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences and is open to both university and industrial users.


The Biomolecular Nanotechnology Center provides researchers the appropriate tools and services to facilitate design, fabrication, and evaluation of micro- and nano-scale devices for medicine and biology. To foster collaboration across the UC Berkeley campus and the broader academic and industrial communities, the BNC works toward several specific goals:

  • Combine facilities for CAD, modeling, fabrication, analysis, and testing with biological specimens.
  • Encourage multidisciplinary collaborations among biologists, chemists, engineers, material scientists, and physicists.
  • Provide a training lab for undergraduate and graduate students to gain hands-on experience in creating microfluidic biomedical devices.
  • Give researchers insight into the commercial diagnostics consumer marketplace through industrial partnership.
  • Encourage non-conventional micro/nano fabrication techniques, complementing existing Microlab and CITRIS facilities at UC Berkeley.



Dorian Liepmann
Faculty Director

Paul Lum
Facility Director

Joseph Wong
Financial Analyst

BNC mailing address

Biomolecular Nanotechnology Center
121 Stanley Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-3220