Utilizing seven research Facilities and multiple affiliated User programs and research laboratories at LBNL, Foundry scientists help users address challenges at the nanoscale while also pursuing an internal research program centered around four interdisciplinary research themes: Combinatorial Nanoscience; Functional Nanointerfaces; Multimodal Nanoscale Imaging; and Single-Digit Nanofabrication and Assembly.

The capabilities of each Facility - both expertise and equipment - is described on their respective pages. A full list of equipment available at the Molecular Foundry can be found here.

Imaging and Manipulation of Nanostructures Facility

This facility develops and provides access to state-of-the-art characterization and manipulation of nanostructured materials – from "hard" to very "soft" matter – including electron, optical, and scanning probe microscopies.


This facility focuses on understanding and applying advanced lithographies, thin film deposition, and characterization, emphasizing integration of inorganic, organic, and biological nanosystems with the potential for nanoelectronic, nanophotonic, and energy applications.

Theory of Nanostructured Materials Facility

This facility expands our understanding of materials and phenomena at the nanoscale through development and application of theories and methods for excited-state and charge transport at nanoscale interfaces, self-assembly of nanostructures, and X-ray spectroscopy in complex nanostructured systems.

Inorganic Nanostructures Facility

This facility is devoted to the science of semiconductor, carbon and hybrid nanostructures—including design, synthesis, and combinatorial discovery of nanocrystals, nanowires, and nanotubes and their self-assembly into 3D mesoscale functional materials for use-inspired energy applications.

Biological Nanostructures Facility

This facility designs and synthesizes new materials based on the self-assembly of biopolymers and bio-inspired polymers, creates new nanocrystal probes for bioimaging, and develops synthetic biology techniques to re-engineer organisms and create hybrid biomolecules to interface with a variety of applications.

Organic and Macromolecular Synthesis Facility

This facility studies "soft" materials, including the synthesis of organic molecules, macromolecules, polymers and their assemblies, with access to functional systems, photoactive materials, organic-inorganic hybrid structures, and porous materials.

The National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM)

This facility focuses on the cutting-edge instrumentation, techniques and expertise required for advanced electron beam characterization of materials at high spatial resolution.

In addition to the seven Molecular Foundry Facilities, users have the opportunity to access the resource of LBNL’s diverse scientific community that includes other user facilities, including the Advanced Light Source (ALS) and National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), as well as the Energy Innovation Hubs, such as the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) and Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), and a number of local Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs).