Submit your nano images for competitions!

The Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory (CHANL), an RTNN member facility, is hosting its 8th annual Scientific Art Competition! The Scientific Art Competition provides an opportunity to showcase scientific data with artistic appeal. The deadline for submission is April 1, 2016. Please visit the CHANL website for more information.

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) is also hosting an image competition entitled EnvisioNano. EnvisioNano gives researchers the chance to highlight the beauty they see in nano and describe how their research impacts society. The deadline for submission is May 13, 2016. Please visit the EnvisioNano website for details on how to participate.

RTNN to Host its 1st Annual Research Symposium

The 1st Annual Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN) Research Symposium will be held on March 22, 2016 at NC State University’s Monteith Research Center on Centennial Campus.

This free, one-day forum brings together researchers making use of RTNN facilities for their fabrication, processing, and analytical characterization needs.  Students and post-doctoral fellows will present highlights from their work in oral sessions.  All members of the RTNN and greater Research Triangle communities are welcome to attend.

Visit our Research Symposium page for more information.

NSF/NBC Video Series “Super Small Science” Teaches the Importance of Nanotechnology to a Broad Audience

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and NBC News teamed up to produce a six-part series on how nanoscale materials and systems are being used in real-world technologies. These 5-6 minutes videos cover a variety of topics, including quantum dots for solar cells, nano electronics, nanoscale coatings, and nanosensors for cancer diagnosis and treatment.

RTNN Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU+) Applications Now Available

Applications are now available for the 2016 RTNN Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU+). Students will participate in nanotechnology-related research at one of the RTNN partner universities with follow-on at students’ home institutions in the year after the summer program. RTNN is partnering with the Research Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and the UNC-CH Department of Chemistry to organize the inaugural year of this program.

Visit our REU page for more information and deadlines.

RTNN Brings Nanotechnology into the Classroom through Web-Based Video Demonstrations

On December 9th, Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory (CHANL), an RTNN member facility, hosted an interactive web-based demonstration for middle school students at Orange Charter School in Hillsborough, NC. Using one of our high-magnification scanning electron microscopes (SEM), UNC-CH chemistry graduate students Catherine McKenas and Nicole Smiddy imaged samples that the middle school students had collected and mailed in. Students saw features of their samples that are not visible with the naked eye or traditional optical microscopes, including the microscopic details of a cricket head, guinea pig food, and cat hair.

Visit our Education page to find out how you can bring RTNN capabilities into your classroom.

View a video recording of this demonstration, courtesy of teacher Andrew Gatt: