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The Center for Nanoscience (CNS) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis was established to both facilitate collaboration among university and industry scientists and engineers and provide interdisciplinary opportunities for faculty and students. Its mission is to enhance the research capacities of its faculty members and students and serve the region through research and technology transfer, cooperative and educational outreach programs and workforce development.
The CNS has approximately 16,000 square feet of assignable space, including 11,300 square feet for research laboratories and 2,700 square feet for research support space. In addition, there are 14 offices and a state-of-the-art conference room. The CNS also houses the Microscopy Image and Spectroscopy Technology (MIST) Lab and the X-ray Diffraction Facility.

Located in the William L. Clay building, the Center had its beginnings in a federal grant proposal initiated in 1988 by M. Thomas Jones, chemistry professor and deputy chancellor. The CNS facility took real shape with the help of Congressman William L. Clay and his support of a $10 million funding proposal that was awarded in July 1991 -- $7.5 million was used for building construction and $2.5 million was used for research instrumentation and building furnishings. The building, named in honor of Congressman Clay, was completed in early summer 1997.
Originally named the Center for Molecular Electronics, the facility was renamed as the Center for Nanoscience in early 2007 to better encompass the research being conducted by members.