Scanning Electron Microscopy Short Course

November 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am 5:00 pm

The goal for the day is to learn the basics of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) theory and SEM operation so that you can apply that knowledge to analyzing your own samples and/or understanding what SEM data means. Please note that a short course is designed to teach you how the technique works, the data that can be derived thereof, and what the generated data means. Training is designed to teach you the operational specifics of a particular instrument. Assuming that all is well you should be able to drive the Hitachi S-3200N SEM more or less independently by the end of the day. That said, it is not unusual for users to request additional training for a particular instrument.

We will start with an introduction lecture to SEM after which we will move to the lab. In the first lab, the student will observe a demonstration of SEM operation.  Then each of you will drive the microscope on a standard sample and we will explore changing instrument conditions and the resulting effect on the data. During this phase, we will also learn how to focus and correct astigmatism as well as how to properly set signal gain (contrast) and offset (brightness). After a break for lunch, there will be another lecture where we learn more about electron beam-sample interactions, detectors, how to pick imaging conditions, etc. Then we will go to the lab where you can apply what you have learned by imaging any sample you wish. You are welcome to bring a sample for this time or I can find one that is appropriate.

You should bring something to write with and on, a memory stick for the presentation and any data or other information that is electronic, and last but certainly not least, your brain. You can also bring a sample for hands-on time in the afternoon. We will take a short break for lunch, probably on the order of 30-45 minutes, so it might be smart to bring lunch with you.

This should be a relaxed and enjoyable day where you learn something fun and useful. Questions? Please contact Chuck Mooney at cbmooney@ncsu.edu. To maximize hands-on time, the class is limited to three students.

Registration costs: $50 for academic, government, and non-profit participants; $350 for industry participants

To register, add yourself to the short course through AIF’s lab management software, Mendix. Click here to watch a short video on how to register for a short course in Mendix. Select “Sign up for a Short Course.”

Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF)

aif.ncsu.edu

Monteith Research Center (Room 324), NC State University

2410 Campus Shore Drive
Raleigh, NC United States
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Carolina Science Symposium

November 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am 5:00 pm

The Carolina Science Symposium (CSS) is expected to draw about 100 participants, both locally and from the surrounding region. Topics in materials science, processing, characterization, and biomaterials will be presented by both invited and selected student contributors. A student poster session will be held, and 3-4 student contributed papers will be selected for 15 minute oral presentations. When registering, you will be asked to indicate whether the abstract should be considered for a poster or for a talk (eligible for an oral presentation). Over $2,000 will be awarded in prizes and drawings. The abstract deadline is November 1More information can be found here.

Invited Talks:


There will also be several free events leading up to the symposium. Please register for those that interest you!


Bio Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) Workshop – November 6, 2019


Bio-Indentation Workshop – November 6-7, 2019

NC State’s Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) and Optics11 are hosting a workshop focused on mechanical characterization of biological and soft materials through nanoindentation. The workshop will include a brief background presentation as well as a demonstration of the Optics11 Piuma system. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own samples to try testing with the Piuma system as long as time permits.


Atom Probe Tomography – November 7, 2019

This technical seminar on Atom Probe Tomography for 3D Atomic-Scale Characterization will be hosted by CAMECA Instruments. Atom Probe Tomography (APT) is the highest special resolution analytical characterization technique with high efficiency single atom detection for quantitative atom scale 3D compositional analysis and elemental mapping of chemical heterogeneities. This talk will cover APT operational theory, an introduction to sample prep and data reconstruction, and an overview of various applications. A commercial cryo-UHV solution for FIB-APT specimen transfer will also be presented which expands the application space for APT to biological materials, hydrogen containing materials, and surfaces prone to rapid oxidation.

The seminar will begin at 11 am. Lunch will be provided


Bio-Microscopy Workshop – November 7, 2019 – 2:30-5 pm

Keyence is hosting a workshop focused on optical microscopy and fluorescence imaging of biological materials using their BZ-X800 microscope. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own samples to try imaging on the microscope.


CSS Professional Development Event – November 7, 2019 – 6-8 pm

The purpose of the event is to provide an additional professional development opportunity for attendees of the Carolina Science Symposium and foster collaboration between local universities. In addition, attendees can explore different types of careers and get advice and guidance from professionals in industry, government, academia, and non-profits. The event will last for ~2 hours with a mix of informal and formal networking. There will also be opportunities for one-on-one resume review and interview practice. Each attendee will receive a booklet with the names, contact information, and brief bio of participants. To register for the event, please fill out the Registration Form by Friday, November 1st. For questions/concerns, please contact Maude Cuchiara (maude_cuchiara@ncsu.edu).

Location: Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, Raleigh, NC

McKimmon Center, NC State University

1101 Gorman Street
Raleigh, NC United States
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Bioindentation Workshop

November 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am November 7, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

NC State’s Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) and Optics11 are hosting a workshop focused on mechanical characterization of biological and soft materials through nanoindentation. The workshop will include a brief background presentation as well as a demonstration of the Optics11 Piuma system. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own samples to try testing with the Piuma system as long as time permits.

Questions? Contact Phillip Strader (pmstrade@ncsu.edu)

The official start time is 10:00 am each day and the scheduled end is around 3:00 pm; however, attendees may come and go as they please during this time.

Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF)

aif.ncsu.edu

Monteith Research Center

2410 Campus Shore Drive
Raleigh, NC United States
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Scanning Electron Microscopy Short Course

September 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am 5:00 pm

The goal for the day is to learn the basics of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) theory and SEM operation so that you can apply that knowledge to analyzing your own samples and/or understanding what SEM data means. Please note that a short course is designed to teach you how the technique works, the data that can be derived thereof, and what the generated data means. Training is designed to teach you the operational specifics of a particular instrument. Assuming that all is well you should be able to drive the Hitachi S-3200N SEM more or less independently by the end of the day. That said, it is not unusual for users to request additional training for a particular instrument.

We will start with an introduction lecture to SEM after which we will move to the lab. In the first lab, the student will observe a demonstration of SEM operation.  Then each of you will drive the microscope on a standard sample and we will explore changing instrument conditions and the resulting effect on the data. During this phase, we will also learn how to focus and correct astigmatism as well as how to properly set signal gain (contrast) and offset (brightness). After a break for lunch, there will be another lecture where we learn more about electron beam-sample interactions, detectors, how to pick imaging conditions, etc. Then we will go to the lab where you can apply what you have learned by imaging any sample you wish. You are welcome to bring a sample for this time or I can find one that is appropriate.

You should bring something to write with and on, a memory stick for the presentation and any data or other information that is electronic, and last but certainly not least, your brain. You can also bring a sample for hands-on time in the afternoon. We will take a short break for lunch, probably on the order of 30-45 minutes, so it might be smart to bring lunch with you.

This should be a relaxed and enjoyable day where you learn something fun and useful. Questions? Please contact Chuck Mooney at cbmooney@ncsu.edu. To maximize hands-on time, the class is limited to three students.

Registration costs: $50 for academic, government, and non-profit participants; $350 for industry participants

To register, add yourself to the short course through AIF’s lab management software, Mendix. Click here to watch a short video on how to register for a short course in Mendix. Select “Sign up for a Short Course.”

Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF)

aif.ncsu.edu

Monteith Research Center (Room 324), NC State University

2410 Campus Shore Drive
Raleigh, NC United States
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AIF Open House and User Appreciation

August 30, 2019 @ 1:30 pm 4:00 pm

Please join the Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) for its annual Open House & User Appreciation. During this time, there will be an introduction for new users (presented by Dr. Chris Winkler), AIF tours for new and existing users, and an ice cream social featuring NC State’s Howling Cow ice cream. Although the event is free, please make sure to RSVP in order to ensure there is plenty of ice cream!

Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF)

aif.ncsu.edu

Monteith Research Center, Room 136

2410 Campus Shore Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695 United States
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