Undergraduate Internship Opportunity at Smart Material Solutions

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.

For more information, please review this flier. To apply, send your resume to miller@smartmaterialsolutions.com and specify which internship interests you.

Museum Patrons Learn the Joys of Microscopy

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.

Submit your Work to CHANL’s Scientific Art Competition

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.

Submission Guidelines

  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Submission type
    • Pictures, Photographs – digital photographs/microscopy images (TEM, SEM, AFM…)
    • Computer generated graphics (illustrations, models…).
  • Max image size: 15 MB max
  • Dimensions:1024px x 1024px or greater 
  • Resolution: 96 dpi or better
  • File type: .jpg (recommended), .tiff
  • Filename: lastname_firstname.jpg or .tiff
  • Colorization to enhance visual impact is allowed

For more information and to submit your image, please visit the Competition Website.

Apply Now: National Student Leaders Conference

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.

February is Nanomonth at the Museum of Life and Science

Head out to Durham, NC this month to visit the Museum of Life and Science! This month nano will be featured in multiple ways. The Nano exhibit introduces the basics of nanoscience and its real-world applications.

The show “Nanostructures: Nature vs Engineering” features images of nanoscale structures from RTNN faculty member Dr. Chih-Hao Chang, associate professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NC State University.

The Lab has hands-on nano-activities. Each week new topics will be featured. Join us in The Lab on Saturday, March 2nd from 10 am to 4 pm to test drive our new desktop SEM. We will have a variety of samples to view.

Nanoengineering: Tiny Things
February 5 – 10

Nano and Nature: Animals
February 12 – 17

Nano and Nature: Plants
February 29 – 24

Nano and You
February 26 – March 3

And, every Saturday, local nano-scientists and -engineers will be in The Lab to uncover how nanotechnologies are made, studied, and used.

For more information, visit the Museum’s Nanomonth website.