The University of Iowa is an attractive center for studying many aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology. In addition, the facilities and instrumentation available to core faculty within the NNI fosters strong interdisciplinary efforts toward better understanding nanotechnology.

The administrative support of NNI is located in the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratory (IATL). The IATL is a multi-disciplinary, modern, 124,439 square-foot building occupying a site adjoining the Iowa River and directly north of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories (IATL) furthers The University of Iowa's tradition of encouraging inter-disciplinary research. Faculty conducting research in the IATL include groups from the Departments of Chemistry and Physics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as the Departments of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering . The IATL also houses the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), the Optical Science and Technology Center (OSTC), and a microfabrication facility.

A wide range of imaging methods are available to NNI participants through the state of the art Central Microscopy Research Facility, and support from device fabrication are available through the OSTC Microfabrication Facility. The NNI also provides access to shared instrumentation including: