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The University of Pittsburgh, home to the Gertrude E. and John M. Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering, is recognized nationally for its expertise in microscale- and nanoscale research. In addition to the Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering, Pitt has the Swanson Center for Micro and Nano Systems and the NanoScale Fabrication and Characterization Facility. The University’s major strength is in the study of nanostructures at the core nano level-20 nanometers or below. This area of focus, known as “essentially nano,” is the level where the most significant breakthroughs are expected to occur. The University's micro and nanomicroscale and nanoscaletech research areas are wide-ranging, from biochemical sensors to quantum information processing to radio frequency identification. About 45 of Pitt's engineering and science faculty engage in microscale or nanoscale or nanotech research, assisted by 120 graduate students and 60 undergraduates.