Welcome to the Merced nAnomaterials Center for Energy and Sensing (MACES).  With substantial support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), MACES was launched in the summer of 2015 at UC Merced, the first American research university founded in the 21st century.  Serving as a hub of nanomaterials research at UC Merced, MACES aims to develop functional nanomaterial platforms that will provide technological solutions for highly efficient and lightweight energy conversion devices. The center will also create sensitive, selective and robust biosensors for health monitoring in space as well as terrestrial applications. These important challenges are being tackled by stimulating and supporting multidisciplinary, groundbreaking research programs at UC Merced in partnership with UC Santa Cruz and NASA facilities. Coupled with the MACES research mission is a vertically integrated STEM education program designed to foster the development of a highly skilled and diverse STEM workforce. We are delivering a number of graduate and undergraduate training programs as well as outreach activities. The center will also play a pivotal role in the creation of nanomaterial research oriented user facilities that will benefit the entire University. I encourage you to browse the website and let us know if you have any questions or feedback. -Director Jennifer Q. Lu