The Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CeNSE) is a multidisciplinary group of faculty, students, and staff at the University of Kentucky with a shared vision and a cutting-edge research facility to study and develop materials and devices at the nanoscale. An initial investment of $2 million in specialty fabrication techniques for thin-film deposition, lithographic pattern definition, and etching, has recently been augmented by a National Science Foundation (NSF) infrastructural grant (EPSCoR) of $2.7 million. Participants include 15 distinguished UK faculty members from the Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Chemical & Materials Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemistry, and the Colleges of Medicine Pharmacy. As a group, these faculty associates have over $17 million in external support and employ many student researchers. Of these, about 52 graduate research assistants, 5 post-doctoral associates, and a number of undergraduate students use CeNSE equipment and facilities.

CeNSE also serves as a resource for Kentucky's development of innovative academic research and the realization of emerging commercial opportunities. CeNSE welcomes academic and commercial collaborations and is pleased to provide state of the art R&D facilities and resident expertise. The Center is located in ASTeCC, the Advanced Science and Technology Commercialization Center, on the UK campus near downtown Lexington, KY