The Sci|Art NanoLab will be based in the newly built California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI), an integrated research facility with locations at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. As a California Institute for Science and Innovation (CISI), CNSI builds on a visionary investment in future education, research and technological resources given by the State of California. CNSI also builds upon the existing collaborative strengths of its on-campus participants, and seeks new alliances with industry, universities, and national laboratories. The vision of the CNSI is to establish a coherent and distinctive organization that serves California and the nation, and that is embedded on the UCSB and UCLA campuses. The CNSI will be a world-class intellectual and physical environment, a collaborative center that will generate ideas, discoveries and the talent that will continue to fuel innovation in Nanosystems.
The CNSI at UCLA opened a brand new complex in 2007 which is home to eight core facilities serving both academic and industry collaborations. The 188,000 square feet (17,000 square meter) facility houses a 260-seat theater, wet and dry laboratories, fully outfitted conference rooms, and three floors of core facilities with equipment in the form of electron microscopes, atomic force microscopes, X-ray diffraction microscopes, specialized optical microscopes, high throughput robotics for molecular screening and class 100 and 1000 clean rooms for projects led by CNSI and other faculty.