The London Centre for Nanotechnology is a UK-based multidisciplinary enterprise operating at the forefront of science and technology. Our purpose is to solve global problems in information processing, healthcare, energy and environment through the application of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Founded in 2003, the LCN is a joint venture between University College London and Imperial College London and based at the Bloomsbury and South Kensington sites.

The LCN occupies a purpose-built eight storey facility in Gordon Street, Bloomsbury (opened in 2006) as well as extensive facilities within different departments at South Kensington. The Centre’s experimental research is supported by leading edge modelling, visualisation and theory through its access to state-of-the-art clean-room, characterisation, fabrication, manipulation and design laboratories.

The Centre has a unique operating model that accesses and focusses the combined skills of both universities across several key departments; Chemistry, Physics, Materials, Medicine, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering and Earth Sciences.

The LCN also has strong relationships with the broader nanotechnology and commercial communities and is involved in many major collaborations. As the world's only such facility located in the heart of a metropolis, the Centre has superb access to corporate, investment and industrial partners. It is at the forefront of nanotechnology training and enjoys a strong media presence around educating the public and bringing transparency to this far-reaching and emerging science. 


The LCN building was opened in 2006 after 4 years planning and construction. It was formed as a result of several key academic and scientific considerations in the early part of the millennium… read more

Facilities Management

A full range of Facilities and Operations Management functions are undertaken within the LCN to ensure that a critical infrastructure is maintained to fully support the needs of the research... read more


The LCN is jointly owned and run by UCL and Imperial, with one co-director from each.  They operate under the stewardship of a Board of Directors and an Executive Board... read more