The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, based in upper Manhattan, is a nucleus for the nanoscience research in the New York City metro area. This diverse research community encompasses faculty, staff, and students from colleges across the five boroughs of New York City.

The Nanoscience Initiative operates over two floors in the ASRC building, first and ground floors, and houses state-of-the-art facilities, including experimental labs for measurement, synthesis and nanofabrication, and a 5,000-square-foot clean room that is amongst the best equipped on the East Coast.

The Nanoscience Initiative team, which is led by Dr. Rein Ulijn includes resident scientists, affiliated faculty from across CUNY, and a dynamic population of visiting scientists from the New York area and across the globe. The initiative has a distinct research vision in nanoscience, focusing on the study and application of dynamic nanoscale systems, from fundamental understanding to applications ranging from biomedicine to food science and green energy.