Our Mission

The mission of HMNTL is to create, support, and sustain an environment to facilitate advanced research in photonics, microelectronics, biotechnology and nanotechnology for the benefit of the University community, the State of Illinois, and society as a whole.

Director's Welcome

Welcome to the University of Illinois Holonyak Micro + Nanotechnology Laboratory (HMNTL), one of the country's largest and most sophisticated university facilities for conducting photonics, microelectronics, biotechnology, and nanotechnology research. A crown jewel of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering, HMNTL is the place where campus researchers and visiting scientists come to design, build, and test innovative nanoscale technologies with feature sizes that span the range of atoms to entire systems.

Our 16 cleanrooms, 46 general purpose labs, and a 2,500 square foot biosafety level-2 bionanotechnology complex contain all the tools researchers need to conduct their work. The building houses faculty and graduate students from the departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, Physics, Mechanical Science & Engineering, Material Science & Engineering, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.

In addition, HMNTL is home to several major research centers, including the NSF Center for Innovative Instrumentation Technology, the NIH Midwest Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center, the NSF Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems, the NSF IGERT training center for Cellular and Molecular Mechanics & BioNanotechnologyNSF nanoBIO NODE, and the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology.

Originally opened in 1989 as the Microelectronics Laboratory, HMNTL was widely known for its excellence in III-V compound semiconductor device and processing research. An $18 million state-funded expansion in 2008 broadened our mission and capabilities to address challenges at the intersection of engineering and biology.

Today HMNTL’s faculty and students are engaged in research that addresses many of the most pressing challenges facing our society. Applications include high-speed data communications, high efficiency lighting, solar power, flexible electronics, biomedical imaging, biomedical diagnostics, new tools for life science research, environmental monitoring, and novel microelectronics/photonics concepts for next-generation computing architectures.

Xiuling LiXiuling Li
HMNTL Interim Director
P: 217.300.2338


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Maps and Directions

The University of Illinois and HMNTL are easy to get to from several locations. We are in easy driving distance from Chicago and Indianapolis. 

From Chicago 

  1. Go south on I-57 S. 109 miles 
  2. Merge onto I-74 E via EXIT 237A toward Indianapolis. - 3.7 mi 
  3. Take the Lincoln Avenue exit, EXIT 183. - 0.3 mi 
  4. Turn right onto N Lincoln Ave. - 1.2 mi 
  5. Turn right onto W University Ave/US-45/US-150. - 0.2 mi 
  6. Turn left onto N Wright St. - 0.3 mi 
  7. 208 North Wright St. – Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (on the left) 

From Indianapolis 

  1. Head west toward I-74 - 0.1 mi 
  2. Merge onto I-74 Entering Illinois - 107 mi 
  3. Take exit 185 to merge onto IL-130 S toward University Ave - 1.2 mi 
  4. Continue straight onto E University Ave - 2.1 mi 
  5. Turn left onto N Wright St. - 0.3 mi 
  6. 208 North Wright St. – Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (on the left) 

Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory
208 North Wright Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801