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:


CEINT Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Applications Now Available

The Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT), an RTNN member facility, will host a 10-week, NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program during the summer of 2016. Research projects will focus on the environmental impact of nanotechnology as it relates to a one or more of the following engineering and science disciplines: biomedical engineering, materials science, biology, chemistry, ecotoxicology, geosciences, and civil & environmental engineering.

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2016. The program will run May 30 – July 29, 2016.

For more information, visit the CEINT website.

Phillip Strader Joins RTNN as Textile Technology Project Scientist

The RTNN welcomes Phillip Strader as a member of its staff!

Phillip will serve as a Project Scientist for RTNN, operating mainly from the NC State campus cohort of the network. His primary work will consist of coordinating access to research, education, and outreach services for industry and academia related to textile nanoscience through the capabilities made possible by RTNN. Additionally, he will be an independent user of various analytical techniques available through the Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) at NC State.

Prior to joining RTNN, Phillip studied at the NC State University College of Textiles – earning a B.S. in Textile Technology (2013) and eventually an M.S. in Textiles (2015), while serving as a Research Assistant at the Nonwovens Institute and working on an industrial research project for Eastman Chemical.

(Images courtesy of Gregory ParsonsJesse Jur, and Philip Bradford at NC State.)

RTNN Offers Free Facilities Access to Those with Limited Funding

Applications for the RTNN’s Free-Use Facilities Access Fund are now available. The Free-Use Fund allows members of the nanotechnology and greater scientific communities, who would otherwise not have the financial resources, to use RTNN facilities for hands-on science education, cutting- edge research, or high-risk, high-reward R&D activity with the potential to facilitate disruptive technologies.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but with a priority decision deadline of January 15, 2016. Proposals will be funded up to a maximum of $1,000 in user fees and materials expenses for a maximum six-month period from the award date.

For further information, visit our Opportunities page.

CHANL Research Scientist Position Posted

The Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory (CHANL), an RTNN user facility, is now seeking exceptional candidates for a Fabrication Research Scientist to join our team. Details and web links are below.

Research Scientist (Fabrication):

CHANL is a shared instrumentation laboratory open to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, other institutions, government labs, and private industry. The Fabrication Scientist will assist in executing projects for off-campus users, which may involve use of multiple facilities, including CHANL and similar facilities such as the Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) at Duke University and the Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) and NCState Nanofabrication Facility (NNF) at North Carolina State University. Responsibilities will also include training new users to use equipment in CHANL and helping to maintain CHANL equipment. The Fabrication Scientist will also participate in and help coordinate educational workshops and outreach events that promote CHANL’s mission.

Applicants should have experience working in a cleanroom environment with vacuum systems and/or micro/nano fabrication equipment/processes, including deposition systems (PVD, CVD, ALD), etching (wet and dry), lithography (e-beam and photo). An aptitude for troubleshooting lab instruments. Ability to identify potential hazards in the laboratory and undertake safe work practices. Willingness to take on a wide variety of roles and able to work independently or with a diverse group of people. Excellent organizational and problem solving skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Extremely detailed oriented and self-motivated.