“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.