As part of the NC Science Festival, the RTNN will be at the Chapel Hill Public Library on Saturday, April 13th from 1-3 pm. Get a crash course on nanotechnology using a portable scanning electron microscope (SEM) and light microscopes to examine bugs, flowers, and other materials up close. Participants are encouraged to bring their own samples to view. Other hands-on activities will help visitors relate to nanoscale phenomena and get an idea of techniques used to make things on this size scale. Join us to make nano ice cream, try on a clean room suit, design a photomask and more!
Smart Material Solutions, Inc. (SMS) is seeking two REU students for 10 week paid summer internships. SMS is a small NC State startup in Raleigh, NC that is developing an advanced nanomanufacturing process called nanocoining. The patented process can seamlessly nanopattern drum molds for roll-to-roll manufacturing hundreds of times faster than competing technologies like electron-beam lithography.
Internship 1: Nanocharacterization This intern will use SMS’s molds to create nanostructured polymer films and perform nanocharacterization to compare the 3D shapes of the nanofeatures in the diamond die, indented mold, and replicated polymer film. This student will receive training on several characterization techniques such as SEM, AFM, and confocal microscopy. SMS prefers a student with a background in materials science, chemical engineering, nanotechnology, or a related field.
Internship 2: Thermal Control System The second REU student will create a temperature control system for SMS’s custom ultrasonic resonant actuator. SMS is interested in hiring a student with a strong background in mechanical engineering, thermal systems, and data acquisition.
To celebrate Nanomonth at the Museum of Life and Science, the RTNN brought its expertise as well as a set of light microscopes and a portable desktop scanning electron microscope to The Lab. This venue provides a unique space for hands-on science experiences. Museum visitors learned the differences between the two types of microscopes and examined a variety of samples on each tool. Over 130 people of all ages stopped by to view electronic components found in their phones and tablets and the structures that give Morpho butterfly wings their brilliant blue color. During the NC Science Festival we will be at the Chapel Hill Public Library on April 13th from 1-3 pm with these microscopes and other nanotechnology hands-on activities.
The CHANL Scientific Art Competition provides users an opportunity to showcase scientific data with artistic appeal. The competition is coordinated by CHANL and UNC-MRS (Materials Research Society) through the Department of Applied Physical Sciences (APSc).
Submissions will be posted both online and in the Chapman Hall lobby. Winners will be announced the week of April 7, 2019 at a lunchtime reception on April 12 at noon. There are multiple opportunities to win cash awards.
Deadline: April 1, 2019
Pictures, Photographs – digital photographs/microscopy images (TEM, SEM, AFM…)
In coordination with the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, TechConnect will host the 4th annual National Student Leaders Conference June 17-19, 2019 in Boston, MA. This event aims to connect global student leaders with corporate, investment, and policy experts to support student leaders in science, technology & business. Student specific programming will include a Career Pathways panel, an Entrepreneurship panel, and a other professional development activities. Students are also invited to participate in the larger TechConnect conference.
All accepted applicants will be provided:
Registration Waiver to the 3-day TechConnect World Innovation Conference
Participation in the Student Leaders Program during the Conference
Recognition as a Emerging Technology Student Leader Awardee
For more information and to apply, please visit the Conference Website. Applications are due by March 8, 2019.