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.

Scanning Electron Microscopy Short Course

June 7, 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 cbmooney@ncsu.edu. 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.”

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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A Giant Tool to See the Tiniest Things

The cryo-TEM housed in Duke’s Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility was recently featured in Duke’s Research News. This instrument helps researchers resolve the complex structures of proteins. The cryo-TEM can capture hundreds of thousands of images of these small molecules, and power software is employed to reconstruct the structures in three-dimensions. To learn more, read the full news article.

Scanning Electron Microscopy Short Course

May 10, 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 cbmooney@ncsu.edu. 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.”

Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF)

aif.ncsu.edu

Monteith Research Center (Room 324), NC State University

2410 Campus Shore Drive
Raleigh, NC United States
+ Google Map

Workshop: Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy

April 30, 2019 All day

Join Olympus technology experts for an advanced product and technology workshop featuring presentations and hands-on demonstrations with Olympus’
LEXT® OLS5000 Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope.

  • Using Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy for 3D Surface Metrology Applications
  • AFM or Laser Confocal Microscopes? Choosing the Right Tool for Your Research
  • LEXT OLS5000 Demonstration
  • Lunch, Provided by Olympus

Mark your calendars! Details will be posted shortly. Email rtnanonetwork@ncsu.edu to be notified of workshop details.

Chapel Hill Analytical and Nanofabrication Laboratory