Carolina Nanoformulation Workshop

The Carolina Nanoformulation Workshop and the Nanomedicine Drug Delivery Symposium (nanoDDS) will jointly host a virtual meeting for 2020. The meeting will feature 3 days of lectures from distinguished speakers and daily roundtable discussions. The meeting is supported by the CNDD (Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery).

During this CNW you will learn about:

  • Cancer Immunotherapy
  • Tumor Delivery
  • Nanoformulation Characterization
  • Promoting Diversity
  • Research Funding
  • Vaccines and Therapeutics for COVID-19

For more information and to register, please visit the event website.

Scanning Electron Microscopy Short Course

February 8, 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 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.”

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“Nanotechnology, A Maker’s Course” Launches on Coursera

RTNN faculty, staff, and students have launched a free online course on nano-fabrication and -characterization tools and techniques. Through instruction and lab demonstrations, this course gives students a rich understanding of the capabilities of nanotechnology tools, and how to use this equipment for nano-scale fabrication and characterization. Students will learn the fundamentals through engaging video lectures and exciting demonstrations in RTNN facilities. To learn more and enroll in the course, visit the course homepage. We also invite you to participate in our live Q&A sessions on October 10th! Experts will answer your questions on nano -fabrication and -characterization.

New Approach to Determine Atomic Arrangement in Materials

RTNN researchers at NC State University have published an article describing a new way to determine how atoms are arranged in materials. The work, “Use of Bayesian Inference in Crystallographic Structure Refinement via Full Diffraction Profile Analysis” published in Scientific Reports describes the application of Bayesian statistical methods to X-ray diffraction patterns. This method allows researchers to characterize and better estimate the variability in a material’s atomic structure. The technique is under development for use with spectra collected from other analytical tools like X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. This tool-set will inform the development of materials for a variety of novel applications.

A press release describing the work can be found here. The article in its entirety can be found here.


Upcoming seminar: “Materials Science in Caribbean Art and Archaeology”

We are excited to announce an upcoming seminar by Professor Antonio Martínez-Collazo. Professor Martínez will discuss his work using materials characterization techniques to study works of art and archaeological artifacts. Following the talk, the Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) at NC State will host tours for interested attendees to learn more about available characterization techniques and instrumentation.

More information can be found on the event website.