Explore the World through Microscopes

The RTNN will return to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC on Saturday, August 17th from 10 am – 4 pm.

We will investigate things you encounter every day through a different lens! Join us as we take an up-close look at everything from bugs to Band-Aids through a Scanning Electron Microscope! Can you guess what you’re viewing from structures nanometers small?

Learn more about our previous event at the museum here.

Celebrate Nano at the NC Science Festival

As part of the NC Science Festival, the RTNN will be at the Chapel Hill Public Library on Saturday, April 13th from 1-3 pm. Get a crash course on nanotechnology using a portable scanning electron microscope (SEM) and light microscopes to examine bugs, flowers, and other materials up close. Participants are encouraged to bring their own samples to view. Other hands-on activities will help visitors relate to nanoscale phenomena and get an idea of techniques used to make things on this size scale. Join us to make nano ice cream, try on a clean room suit, design a photomask and more!

For more information, visit the event page on the NC Science Festival Website.

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.

X-ray Diffraction (XRD) Short Course

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

This introductory XRD short course will cover basic principles of X-ray diffraction, operation of diffractometers in Bragg-Brentano geometry (typically used for powders), and basic phase identification. It is meant for first-time XRD users and/or those interested in learning phase identification and pattern matching in HighScore software. The course will include 1 hour theory component, 1 hour of phase identification training in the AIF Data Analysis center, and 1-3 hours of a practical component in the XRD lab (as needed). After completion of this course and the EH&S course on Analytical X-ray Safety, attendees will be able to independently operate a diffractometer in basic mode. In order to facilitate authorization to use the equipment, participants are encouraged to take the Analytical X-ray Safety offered by EH&S (see details here for this information and other requirements to gain future access to the instruments). The course is limited to 6 people.

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.”

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

$50 – $350

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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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.