Marcus Nanotechnology Building

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Marcus Nanotechnology Building
Marcus Nanotechnology Research Building 2010.jpg
Nanotechnology Research Center in Spring 2010
Former namesMarcus Nanotechnology Research Center
General information
Location Atlanta, Georgia, USA
AddressFerst Drive
Coordinates 33°46′43″N 84°23′55″W / 33.778728°N 84.398611°W / 33.778728; -84.398611
Latitude and Longitude:

33°46′43″N 84°23′55″W / 33.778728°N 84.398611°W / 33.778728; -84.398611
Construction startedAnnounced October 2003, [1] ground broken August 7, 2006 [2]
CompletedSpring 2009
Owner Georgia Institute of Technology
Technical details
Floor count4
Design and construction
Architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson m+w zander
Other designersResearch Facilities Design
Main contractor Whiting-Turner

The Marcus Nanotechnology Building (MNB) is a Georgia Institute of Technology facility. The building was constructed on the site of the Electronics Research Building, the former home of GTRI's Information and Communications Laboratory. It was opened on April 24, 2009, as the Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center, a name it held until October 2013. [3] [4]


The Marcus Nanotechnology Building (MNB) is now the headquarters for the Institute of Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN), one of Georgia Tech's several new Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRI). In addition to being the headquarters for the IEN, the building houses the largest cleanroom laboratory dedicated to the fabrication, characterization, and assembly of biomedical and semiconductor devices in the Southeast United States.

These shared-user open laboratories are part of the National Science Foundation's National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), a network of 14 such facilities at universities around the US. The laboratories are available to global academics, industry and government personnel on a fee recovery basis enabling students, scientists and engineers who perform research on nanotechnology to study the characteristics and behavior of atoms and molecules, and to use that knowledge to create new materials and tiny nano-scale tools and machines.


The Information and Communications Laboratory was previously located on the site, and has been moved to GCATT. The Electronics Research Building, established in 1966, [5] was demolished, and construction began in Fall 2006/Spring 2007.

The construction was funded by several donations, including $7 million from the State of Georgia, [6] $15 million from the Marcus Foundation, [7] and $36 million from an anonymous source. [8]


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  2. ^ "Marcus Family Nanotechnology Research Building Ground-breaking Remarks". Georgia Institute of Technology. 2006-08-07. Retrieved 2010-03-29.
  3. ^ "Marcus Nanotechnology Building Formally Dedicated" (Press release). Georgia Institute of Technology. 2009-04-23. Archived from the original on 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  4. ^ Markiewicz, David (2009-04-29). "Nanotechnology building opens at Georgia Tech". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  5. ^ "Tech Timeline: 1960s". Georgia Tech Alumni Association. Archived from the original on October 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-06.
  6. ^ Kantor, Arcadiy (2005-04-15). "State partially funds nanotechnology center". The Technique. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-06.
  7. ^ "Marcus Foundation Makes $15 Million Commitment to Georgia Tech's Nanotechnology Research Center Building". Archived from the original on 2007-03-10. Retrieved 2007-03-06.
  8. ^ "Anonymous Gift Spurs Major Nanotechnology Initiative at Tech" (PDF). Philanthropy Quarterly. Georgia Tech Capital Projects. Autumn 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-02-21. Retrieved 2007-03-06.

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