Apply Now: New RTNN Student Ambassadors Program

The RTNN ambassadors program is now accepting applications for the spring semester. This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from NC State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Program participants will give facility tours to university guests, host student groups in the facilities, travel to local schools for outreach events, and more! Ambassadors will also have the opportunity to meet a variety of facility users and guests, network with other RTNN ambassadors, and actively participate in the planning and implementation of RTNN programming and events.

For more information about ambassador responsibilities and application instructions please visit the program website. Priority applications are due February 18, 2019

NSF/NBC Video Series “Super Small Science” Teaches the Importance of Nanotechnology to a Broad Audience

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and NBC News teamed up to produce a six-part series on how nanoscale materials and systems are being used in real-world technologies. These 5-6 minutes videos cover a variety of topics, including quantum dots for solar cells, nano electronics, nanoscale coatings, and nanosensors for cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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: