The Center for Nano and Micro Manufacturing (CNM2)

Supporting leading-edge scalable research and development in electronics, materials, and life sciences.


Mission Statement

CNM2 provides the UC Davis campus community with a full spectrum of state-of-the-art micro-nanofabrication equipment, processes, and services. The Center enables nanometer-scale lithography, deposition, etching, and characterization capabilities for leading-edge research in MEMS/BioMEMS, Sensors, Photonics, Heterogeneous integration, Optoelectronics, Compound semiconductors, Meta surfaces, Microfluidics, Biomedical devices, Optics, Quantum Nanophotonics and Solar cells. Moreover, CNM2 staff offer consultation, training, and services in emerging research communities. We also serve as an engineering innovation hub, facilitating both campus-based start-up companies and emerging regional industries.


CNM2 brings critical knowledge to the manufacturing industry, demonstrating the scalability and economic feasibility of processes developed through UC Davis interdisciplinary research programs. The research center offers educational courses, hands-on short courses, and training workshops applicable to a variety of user groups. The Center also engages the scientists and engineers of tomorrow through various outreach programs to local community colleges and K-12 schools.


CNM2 houses a 10,000 square-foot ISO 5 (Class 100) cleanroom, offering a broad line of lithography tools, metal and dielectric thin-film deposition, dry etching, thermal process, analytical and characterization equipment to support device manufacturing for a variety of industries and applications. The facility has capabilities to accommodate substrates ranging from full six inch wafers to odd shaped pieces for a wide variety of substrate materials including: Si, SiO2, borosilicate glass, III-V compounds, as well as biocompatible polymer materials such as PDMS. CNM2 members have independent 24/7 access to the facility