CNS is the Center for Nanoscale Systems, which is a part of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) at Harvard University. Until April of 2005, the Center existed under a different name, the Center for Imaging and Mesoscale Structures (CIMS). Currently the Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) is a shared-use core facility at Harvard University. Our scientific focus is the study, design and fabrication of nanoscale structures and their integration into large and complex interacting systems.
CNS was created by FAS in 1999 to assist and support the research community of Harvard University researchers and collaborators. The inclusion of CNS in the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) in 2004 has expanded that function to include any and all other members of the larger research community both local and national, academic and non-academic who conduct research in any aspect of the large and growing field of nanoscale science.
At CNS, we help the Harvard and New England research community to create and study very small structures (from tens of microns down to a few atoms in width), and we enable these structures to be incorporated into very complex systems. Our users come from Harvard and other institutions across the country, and from start-ups and established corporations in nearly every field of endeavor.
Areas of current exploration at CNS: Photonics and Optical Computing, Biomimetics, Low-Temperature Physics, Graphene and other 2-D Materials, Diamond-based nano-scale sensors and computing elements, Photo-voltaics, Fuel-Cells, Energy Storage, and many more.
The CNS laser laboratory enables users to explore the behavior in complex systems using a wide array of optical and spectral imaging tools ranging from high quality laser-scanning confocal imaging and Coherent Raman imaging instrumentation to conventional linear and nonlinear spectroscopies. These system are capable of supporting a new type of optical microscopy: Stimulated Raman Scattering Microscopy for imaging based on intrinsic chemical vibrational signatures. Applicable to both biological samples and materials.
CNS has state-of-the-art facilities that include several TEM (Cryo-TEM, Sub-angstrom TEM, Aberration Correction TEM), SEM, a cleanroom facility, several AFM, FTIR, Raman, Cell culture and cell imaging laboratories and is overlooked by a very well trained and highly skilled staff.