The Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems (COINS) is a multidisciplinary nanoscale science and engineering center (NSEC) funded by the National Science Foundation with its headquarters at the  University of California at Berkeley and satellite campuses at Stanford, Caltech, and University of California at Merced.

The goal of COINS is to develop and integrate cutting-edge nanotechnologies into a versatile platform with various ultra-sensitive, ultra-selective, self-powering, mobile, wirelessly communicating detection applications. The success of this mission requires new advances in nanodevices, from fundamental building blocks to enabling technologies to full device integration. Since 2004, we have set our Center on a path towards achieving this goal by developing four major research thrusts, in the areas of Energy, Sensing, Mobility, and Electronics/Wireless. Each of these programs encompasses research projects spanning the full spectrum of basic through to the applied level, and each program has a set of criteria that has been established for use as a means of determining which projects to support, in order to assure optimal project alignment. In addition to engaging in research within each of the enabling thrusts, we are also integrating the component technologies from each of the thrusts to realize into functioning detection systems.

To date, we have achieved a number of important milestones, some of which are showcased in the Research section of this site. The success demonstrated by these major advances shows that the combination of expertise (10 Departments) within the COINS program as well as the partnerships that have been established form a unique and key multidisciplinary collaborative environment. The benefits to society of the COINS program are the following:

(1) It will lead to such major enhancements in environmental monitoring technology that completely new possibilities will emerge due to enhanced real-time mapping of environmental conditions, and

(2) It will fundamentally change the way we are able to prevent, monitor and respond to potentially serious catastrophic events by providing much more accurate information on conditions, allowing for substantially better countermeasures and security.

Contact Information:

William Mickelson, PhD
Executive Director, Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems
University of California, Berkeley
319 Birge Hall
Berkeley CA 94720-7300
Tel. 510-642-8358
Fax. 510-642-9879

Gretchen Sanderson
Grants Analyst, Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems
University of California, Berkeley
548 Sutardja Dai Hall
Berkeley CA 94720-1726
Tel. 510-643-6953
Fax. 510-643-6974