About Us

SENSE.nano, the first Center of Excellence powered by MIT.nano, focuses on sensors, sensing systems, and sensing techniques.  Our research in sensing science and sensing engineering leads to groundbreaking innovations in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, environmental remediation, smart infrastructure, and the creation of advanced machines and materials. Novel sensing technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for advancing our understanding and use of nanoscale phenomena.

SENSE.nano - the era of sensing is here!

3-D-printed device which changes color when prodded (Wojciech Matusik)


injected into the tumor site, the nanosensors activated by magnetic field harmless to healthy tissue, interact with and modified by the tumor proteins, secreted in the urine, detected (Sangeeta Bhatia)

Sensing Techniques

atomic force microscope that scans images 2,000 times faster than existing commercial models, images of chemical processes taking place at the nanoscale, at a rate that is close to real-time video (Kamal Youcef-Toumi)

Sensing Systems

Inexpensive, small, smart sensors enable local sensing capabilities vital to

  • individual health and wellness monitoring
  • autonomous vehicle operations
  • condition monitoring of machinery and infrastructure ¬†

Massively distributed networks of inexpensive smart sensors enable large-scale, global, data collection important to

  • agriculture and water distribution
  • environmental monitoring¬†
  • disaster recovery
  • disease outbreak detection and intervention
  • supply chain operations
  • urban operations

MIT is poised to address the engineering, science, policy, and commercial challenges required to realize sensing innovations, to translate them to scale, and to positively impact society and the environment.