What Is Nanoscience and Nanotechnology?

From small things come big ideas. Nanoscience is the study of extremely small things. Nanotechnology implements these scientific concepts for a particular product or application in a given field.

"Nano" researchers integrate separate fields—like biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics—with the aim of understanding, manipulating, and controlling these small-scale structures.

In the next decade, applied nanotechnology discoveries are expected to have a profound influence on fields as diverse as the environment, health and medicine, information technology, and transportation.

Saquib Ahmed, PhD

"The 21st century brings not only great and unique challenges for the pervasive field of nanoscience and nanotechnology, but also the undisputed need for maturity in solution pathways proposed by scientists, engineers, and social scientists alike." 

Dr. Saquib Ahmed | Founder and Director, Center for Integrated Studies in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

How CISNN Is Different from Other "Nano" Initiatives

A Holistic Approach

With the tremendous impact of the world of "nano" already in flux and with much more to occur in the present decade, it is imperative that a holistic approach be taken to tackle this disruptive space–in understanding not only the science and engineering of a given technology, but assessing the economic viability of such a technology, and judging the ethical, legal, and social implications of it as well.

Lastly, with the incredible development of data science techniques over the past decade, it is time to take full advantage of them in the space of accelerated discovery.


  • SUNY Buffalo State is the largest comprehensive college in the SUNY system, where faculty leaders can collaborate across diverse fields in a collegial environment.
  • The college’s unique location as an urban institution in Buffalo, NY, with a rich and diverse student body, and at the nexus of medical, technological, financial, policy, and data science corridors.

Diversity and Equity Focus

CISNN is fully committed to advancing a diverse and equitable research community, which is key to providing the scientific and technical expertise for U.S. scientific leadership.

A core intent of the CISNN is to recruit underserved and minority students, enabling them to take advantage of a multi-dimensional research platform (including computational studies, data analytics, and hands-on research experience) and external partners (from academic, industry, and national labs).

As an outcome, the center will increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the city of Buffalo, New York state, and the nation’s portfolio of critical research areas.


Funding Received from Glenn Bailey Foundation

The Center for Integrated Studies in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CISNN) is pleased to announce a $50K grant awarded by the Glenn Bailey Foundation. The PIs involved in this award are Center faculty - Dr. Saquib Ahmed, Dr. Sourav Biswas, and Dr. Joaquin Carbonara. This effort was coordinated by Katie Welstead, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

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First-of-Its-Kind Interdisciplinary Work Released

Buffalo State’s Center for Integrated Studies in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology faculty Saquib Ahmed, assistant professor of engineering technology, Sourav Biswas, assistant professor of chemistry, Joaquin Carbonara, professor of mathematics, and five Buffalo State students have published their paper “An Integrated Assessment of Next Generation PV Technologies” in the American Journal of Energy Engineering 11 (4): 100–109.

The Buffalo State student authors are Joseph Wikar, Mechanical Engineering Technology; Nicholas White, Mechanical Engineering Technology; Tyler Body, Mathematics; Leanna Tse, Electrical Engineering Technology; and Michael Vullo, Chemistry.

This is the first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary work from Buffalo State’s Center for Integrated Studies in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

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Student Profiles

Joseph Wikar

Joseph Wikar IV

Senior in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Undergraduate Researcher (Current): 

  • Research into Perovskite-based solar cells
  • Current research into alternate top materials for next-generation tandem photovoltaics

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