The NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center (NERC) for Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies (NASCENT) was funded in September, 2012. The center develops high throughput, high yield and versatile nanomanufacturing systems to take nano-science discoveries from the lab to the marketplace.

The Center is composed of faculty and graduate researchers from several universities, industrial partners, and associated research institutions



Amritesh Rai, 2019

IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Individual Achievement Award

Amritesh Rai, was awarded the IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Individual Achievement Award at the 2019 IEEE Region 5 Annual Conference & Business Meeting held in April in Lafayette, LA.

Grolltex logo - name derived from 'Graphene Rolling Technologies"

Grolltex joins NASCENT Industrial Advisory Board

The NASCENT Center is pleased to announce that Grolltex Inc. has joined our Industrial Advisory Board. Grolltex (derived from “graphene-rolling-technologies”) is the largest capacity single layer graphene producer in the U.S.; 30,000 8” (200mm) diameter wafer equivalents per year. It addition to electronics grade graphene, Grolltex is producing single layer hBN (hexagonal Boron Nitride) that is the insulating complement to graphene as conductor. We are pleased to have Grolltex’s services and consultation in support of our research activities.

Dr. Randy Schunk, accepting Tallmadge award plaque

P. Randall (Randy) Schunk, a NASCENT Faculty member, received the 2018 John A. Tallmadge award

The John A. Tallmadge award recognizes an individual’s significant contributions to the understanding and improvement of coating science and technology. The award is presented biennially, in even numbered years and is sponsored by the International Society of Coating Science and Technology (ISCST), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Randy is the 14th recipient of this award which dates back to 1992. He is recognized for his career-long contributions in pioneering and applying modeling and simulation strategies to challenging problems in liquid-film coating and precision metering of films in processes of the sort used for the manufacturing of everything from adhesive tape to precision electronics. Randy is a National Laboratory Professor in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of New Mexico.


Our mission is to create high throughput, reliable and versatile nanomanufacturing systems and associated processes through transformative research, education of leaders and global and industrial engagement that will revolutionize future generations of mobile computing and energy devices.