How to Make It and Use It – A Microfluidic Workshop

The Center of BioModular Multi-Scale Systems in conjunction with RTNN will host a microfluidic workshop at the Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory (CHANL). This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to learn about patterning structures across different length scales (nm→μm) and become familiar with a number of important application areas – microfluidics and nanofluidics for biological/biomedical applications. There will be lectures (mornings) covering relevant technological and application areas. In the afternoons, there will be on-site demonstrations of fabrication
equipment and hands-on experiments focused on making a microfluidic device and using it. More details can be found here.

Register here. RTNN is able to offset costs associated with registration and travel to a limited number of participants who demonstrate need. To apply for support, please visit the RTNN support page.

RTNN Lunch and Learn at UNC-Chapel Hill

Come learn about unique capabilities that could aid in your research! Over lunch, Roberto Garcia (lab manager of NC State’s Analytical Instrumentation Facility, AIF), Dr. John Muth (director of the NC State Nanofabrication Facility, NNF) and Dr. Mark Walters (director of Duke’s Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility, SMIF) will highlight instrumentation at their respective facilities. The RTNN will provide free lunch to all attendees. This talk will take place at UNC: Chapman Hall, Room 125.

Biosensors and Force Measurements in Living Cells

The Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory (CHANL) will host a workshop discussing how and why forces are applied to cells experimentally as well as how responses to these forces are measured using fluorescence-based biosensors, a combined Atomic Force Microscopy, AFM, -optical microscope system combined with vertical light sheet, and magnetic tweezers. In the mornings, participants will hear lectures about various techniques used to apply and measure forces within and generated by cells as well as image analysis tools. In the afternoons, participants will receive hands-on experience with different techniques including AFM, total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy, and magnetic force systems.

More information and a detailed schedule can be found on the event website. Click here to register. Registration fee includes lab supplies, light breakfasts and snacks, and one dinner. Workshop is limited to 18 participants.

Scientific Art Competition – Submit your image!

The Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory (CHANL) is hosting its 9th annual Scientific Art Competition! The Scientific Art Competition provides an opportunity to showcase scientific data with artistic appeal. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2017. Submissions should be sent to Dr. Amar Kumbhar (akumbha@gmail.com) along with a submission form.  Anyone can submit to the CHANL scientific art competition, and the work does not need to be produced on CHANL equipment.

This year there will be twelve CASH prizes!
1)  Artist’s Choice: 1st Place: $ 50.00, and 3 finalists: $20.00 each
2)  People’s Choice: 1st Place: $ 50.00, and 3 finalists: $20.00 each
3)  Students’ Choice: 1st Place: $ 50.00, and 3 finalists: $20.00 each

Winners will be announced the week of April 23 at a lunch reception and the CHANL MRS seminar.

Please contact rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu with questions or concerns.

 

 

Biosensors and Force Measurements in Living Cells

The Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory (CHANL) will host a workshop discussing how and why forces are applied to cells experimentally as well as how responses to these forces are measured using fluorescence-based biosensors, a combined Atomic Force Microscopy, AFM, -optical microscope system combined with vertical light sheet, and magnetic tweezers. In the mornings, participants will hear lectures about various techniques used to apply and measure forces within and generated by cells. In the afternoons, participants will receive hands-on experience with different techniques including AFM, total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy, and magnetic force systems.

More information and a detailed schedule can be found on the event website. Click here to register. Registration fee includes lab supplies, light breakfasts and snacks, and one dinner. RTNN is able to offset costs associated with registration and travel to a limited number of participants who demonstrate need. To apply for support, please visit the RTNN support page.

 

RTNN to host a microfluidics workshop

RTNN is excited to announce an upcoming microfluidic workshop at the Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory (CHANL). This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to learn about patterning structures across different length scales (nm→μm) and become familiar with a number of important application areas – microfluidics and nanofluidics for biological/biomedical applications. There will be lectures covering relevant technological and application areas with on-site visits and demonstrations of relevant equipment. The last day of the workshop will involve a hands-on experience; making a microfluidic device. More details can be found here and on the CHANL website.

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 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:

 

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): https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/88708

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.